Winter is a rough season for many people that suffer from chronic pain, especially pain that is worse in the cold. In Chinese Medicine we call pain an obstruction or blockage and classify the pain based on environmental factors: heat, cold, dampness, dryness and wind. Whatever environmental factors make the pain worse are usually the culprits behind the pain and sometimes its more then one like wind, cold and dampness, for example.
Luckily, there are acu-points that work at removing the factor causing the pain. If you are waking up with sore, stiff, joints and they seem to be worse now that we’ve settled into winter try doing a little acupressure.
The point to remove cold is poetically named ‘clear cold abyss’ and is located on the san jiao or triple warmer meridian.
To find this point bend your elbow and slide your finger from the tip of your elbow up towards your shoulder just an inch of so. When you extend your elbow their will be a tiny hollow your finger will fall into if you are on the right spot and it might feel achy or tender to the touch if you’ve been really sore or stiff.
Once you’ve found the spot gently massage tiny circles for about a minute on both elbows. You can do this as often as you need to.