There is a slight nip in the air and days are rapidly getting shorter. Autumn ushers in the harvest and the start of the dying cycle of nature.
The season of Autumn is associated with the element Metal and is a time for letting go of the old. This is the time for gathering fruit, vegetables and grain for the winter. Nature prepares to retreat and slow down, and so should you.
TCM combines seasonal characteristics with knowledge of the body, to balance Qi (energy) and help you adapt and thrive during the cool and crisp months of autumn.
This is the time associated with the Lungs and Colon. Your lungs are a tender organ susceptible to wind and cold. During this time you may start catching colds, sore throats, and congested sinuses. Your immune system may bel weaker.
Acupuncture is a great way to bring your system back into balance if you are struggling. Your lungs have a primary influence on your immune system.
HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH AUTUMN
Your lungs are at their most sensitive during Autumn. Focus on preventing colds, coughs, sore throat etc. If you suffer from bronchitis, emphysema, pnemonia, you need to take precautions to minimize the impact of Autumn. It is important to eat foods that build overall health to the lungs, strengthen your immune system and help you prepare for winter.
IF Autumn is dry, it may cause your lungs to become dry and may also damage your digestive functions. You may find yourself with a dry cough and a dry sore throat.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF
1. Avoid drafts – keep your neck, ears, wrists, and ankles from being exposed to drafts. This is likely where pathogens will invade.
2. Be aware of dryness. Dry air may affect your skin and lungs when you turn on the heat in your house, car and office. A dry environment may affect your lungs.
3. Lungs are sensitive. You need to minimize spicy food intake which irritate lungs. Therefore helping the lungs remain less vulnerable to pathogens.
To find out what foods you need to eat in order to maintain optimum health, visit the Rain Drops Acupuncture Blog. You will find out about the best types of food to eat during the Autumn season as well as a recipe for an easy, fabulous and delicious Potato Soup.