Many people feel a drop in energy with the days getting shorter and the arrival of cold weather. Fatigue, oversleeping, moodiness or depressive feelings are symptoms that occur in some people in winter.
Western medicine will often talk about seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression.
Acupuncture can help people with these symptoms. It is indeed a beneficial therapy in cases of fatigue, depression and mood disorders, with and without a seasonal dimension to them.
Acupuncture can also have a warming effect on the body, a sensation that persists after treatment and help people who cannot keep warm during the winter. In my practice, I use heat to stimulate certain acupuncture points, using the electromagnetic lamp or moxa.
Although more common in winter, did you know that our body can experience seasonal affective disorder at other times of the year? Seasonal symptoms will be different, however, such as sleep disturbances or restlessness during the summer.