Falling into Autumn...
time for transition from warmth & light to cool and darkness. Just
as the trees "let go" and loose their leaves, signalling an ending,
it's a good time to clean out our spaces of things no longer needed and
to complete projects.
organ associated with Autumn is the Large Intestine (LI), the organ
that helps with elimination and "ending of the process" (of digestion).
Just as the crops begin to die down and animals begin to settle in for
hibernation, our bodies release the "finished" through the LI.
Acupuncture assists with Gastrointestinal problems of all sorts and
supports the body in becoming regular.
other organ associated with Autumn is
the Lung. Inhaling fresh, clean air is key to health. Our lungs are
allied with our immune system, so strengthening the lungs may help
get you through the winter without illness.
The color of Autumn is white, the element is metal (minerals), the
sound is a groan & the emotion is grief and sadness, "letting go".
This is a good time to deal with any lingering grief or sadness; acupuncture helps!
persistent Phlegm or Lung Dampness can be addressed with acupuncture
and herbs. Sometimes a dry wind can affect the lungs, causing a dry
cough or irritated throat. This is another condition acupuncture and
herbs can address.
foods that are good for Autumn are foods that are pungent, such as
garlic, ginger, onions, leeks, cabbage, nuts. Yams and sweet potatoes
and other root vegetables are good. Cooked foods, stews and soups are
more easily digested this time of year.
Getting an acupuncture treatment to help your body regain or retain balance is one way to include self care into your routine.
An ancient Chinese saying is "Getting treated till after you become ill is like waiting until you're thirsty to dig a well!
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