Autumn and Chinese Medicine

A chill has returned to the morning air. The aspens begin to turn golden. Autumn is upon us again. Autumn marks the end of the growing season. The time of year to reap the harvest. This is a time of turning inward, a falling away of the outer directed energy of summer. The leaves turn colors and drop. Nature teaches us about our own cycles of creating and letting go. Trees in autumn let go of their leaves and send them back to the earth. The energy of this season, more than any other, supports our letting go of the old, stale aspects of our lives. It supports letting go of waste and being receptive to the pure and new.

Eastern philosophy believes that the forces that govern the cycles of nature also govern the cycles of the human body/mind.  In Chinese medicine, the autumn season is associated with the organ systems of the Lungs and Large Intestine. The Large Intestine (Colon) has the function of eliminating what is unnecessary or toxic from our bodies. This also applies to more than our mental/emotional bodies. We need to eliminate mental and spiritual rubbish, so our minds do not become toxic or constipated; unable to experience the beautiful world around us.

There is more to this season than letting go; it is also a time to take in the pure. Imagine waking up on a crisp fall morning, and filling your lungs with clean, cool mountain air. The Lung enables us to take in the pure, the new. The lungs grants us a literal breath of fresh air, the lungs inspire us. The Lung produces the voice, provides proper moisture to the skin, protects the body from foreign invasions. The body tissues associated with the fall are skin and hair. Brush both. The skin is considered the third lung in Chinese Medicine and skin problems are associated with imbalances in the Lungs.

The Lung and Colon work as a pair, one taking in the pure, the other eliminating waste. If these organs are not performing at full strength, then conditions such as cough, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, dry skin, depression and stubborness (unwillingness to let go) may arise in the body.

Come in for an Autumn acupuncture tune-up. Autumn is a great time to strengthen the body for the colder, shorter days and boost the immune system to protect against cold and flus. Discover Chinese Medicine and develop a greater harmony between body, mind and spirit.

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