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The Wind Can Make You Ill
"The baby frets. The maid sulks. I rekindle a waning argument with the telephone company, then cut my losses and lie down, given over to whatever is in the air. To live with the Santa Ana is to accept, consciously or unconsciously, a deeply mechanistic view of human behavior. .. the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are…"
- Joan Didion,
Author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem

The wind can make you ill. And it often does, being called one of the "pernicious evils" in Chinese medicine. The hot, dry Santa Ana winds wreak havoc with our internal milieu, making a balance between inner and outer very hard to achieve.

Spleen meridian governs our bloodstream; Triple Warmer governs our metabolism and body temperature. These two energies are at play when the hot, dry winds blow. When these two powerhouses are weakened by an outside influence, our defenses (immunity) can become quite compromised.

Fohn Winds and Santa Ana's

The fohn winds are dry winds in Central Europe which have lost their moisture going over the Alps. These warm, dry winds flow down the mountains instead of blowing in from the cooling sea. They are notorious for affecting the body and causing headaches, migraines and an increased array of behavioral problems, including accidents, crimes and suicides.

There are many forms of wind. Even a gentle breeze can affect your body. An open car window while driving is an example of a definite recipe for a stiff neck. . A wind that whips up at the beach while we are sunbathing can cause all sorts of unrecognized problems – sore throats and muscle aches. Fans and air-conditioning often direct wind to our neck areas. If these areas are not protected we can easily "catch a cold". And any time we are under stress or weakened by illness it is easier for wind to enter our pores and cause further problems.

What can we do? THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT WIND FROM DISRUPTING OUR HEALTH IS TO DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Especially cover our necks and kidneys, even when it is hot outside.

TO KEEP BALANCED: DO THE DAILY ENERGY ROUTINE EVERY DAY!!

EAT WARMING, NOURISHING FOODS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, COLD, RAW FOODS ARE CONTRAINDICATED DURING THESE TIMES.

AVOID EXERCISING IN THE WIND.

AND FINALLY, MASSAGE B 36 EVERY DAY…

(There is a point on the back, right between the shoulder blades, off the tip of the scapula, (in Touch for Health Kinesiology it is called Bladder 36, "Bearing Support"), that lets the cold and wind come into the body and can make one ill. Massaging this point firmly two to three times weekly can do a great deal to keep illness at bay).

And, if all else fails, remember that THIS TOO SHALL PASS…

Love, Gopita


All contents copyright Gopita Katharine Manning, 2006-2017.