The Unusual Winter of 2012: What we can expect and how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help


Health Advice from your Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Marylou Lombardi RMT, D. Ac., D. TCM


I don’t think that I can re-call such a strange winter. No snow, mild temperatures and rain. What’s going on!

While not good for the environment, we too will suffer the consequences of the absence of the “deep freeze”. I always look forward to the cold of winter knowing that the virus’ and bacteria will go dormant or be killed off…. not this year! This mild and changeable weather will mean more colds and flues for the season. Be prepared. Remember that the winter is a time to recharge and replenish your reserves of energy so that you can defend yourself against these nasty bugs.

Be sure to get more rest, eat cooked foods especially the root vegetables and add some warming spices like dry ginger, fresh ginger and cinnamon to warm yourself up.  

There are also some excellent Chinese Herbal formulas to help you to ward off colds and flues!


Because of the lack of snow on the ground people who suffer from chronic aches and pain and arthritis will feel the dampness and cold more intensely this year. So don’t be surprised if your back aches and your knees ache a little more this winter.  

TCM Tips on how to assess your pain

In Traditional Chinese Medicine pain is caused by an interruption in the smooth flow of blood and energy in an area….. causing swelling and inflammation from a Western perspective. Pain can also be aggravated by external or environmental factors such as wind, cold, heat and dampness.

If your pain is sharp and stabbing in nature, it can be due blood and energy stagnation due to traumatic injury or invasion of cold.

Massage and acupuncture are particularly beneficial for injury and applications of heat would be the best treatment for pain due to invasion of cold.  

If the area of pain swells and feels heavy it could mean an invasion of dampness. In this case, avoid foods that create more dampness in your body such as dairy, carbohydrates and sugars as well as cold/raw foods. Stick to cooked foods and add some barley or adzuki beans to your diet to drain the dampness.

If you pain is dull and is aggravated by activity and increases as the day progresses, you may have a constitutional weakness that can be addressed by acupuncture and treatment with Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.  


I hope that these tips are helpful. If you have any question or would like more information on Traditional Chinese Medicine or would like to come in for a consultation, please contact Marylou Lombardi RMT, D. Ac., D. TCM at





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