As the summer ends and the flurry of school, holidays and planning for the end of the year get underway, it’s important to take some time and give yourself a fall tune-up. This will keep you operating at full capacity and give you that extra boost to get you through the end of the year.
Unlike the carefree summer months, fall brings with it an introspection and shift of energy toward organization, limit setting, and boundary protection. Chinese Medicine focuses on lungs during autumn and with it, a sense of letting go. By focusing on introspection, this is a great time to assess your goals and let go of things that are not working to create room to grow as the season progresses.
The Season of the Lungs
Chinese Medicine focuses on an organ each season and fall is the season of the lungs. As the uppermost organ in the body, the lungs are considered the “tender” organ. Your lungs control the circulation of Wei-Qi which is what protects your body from colds and flus. Circulating between the skin and muscles, Wei-Qi is what helps regulate your body temperature and keep you warm.
The reason we feel cold right before we get sick is that our lungs have weakened, therefore our Wei-Qi regulation is off and we are at higher risk of catching colds.
Protect Your Nose
As the opening to the lungs, your nose and sinuses are vital to the health of your lungs. Keeping your sinuses clear with neti pots, supplements and acupuncture are great preventative measure to keeping you cold-free.
The Yin and Yang
While fall is the season of the lung, each body part has yang to it’s yin. And for the lungs, that means the large intestines. As you rid yourself of excess your body needs a way to process the waste, which is where your large intestine comes in.
What you eat impacts your health, including the health of your lungs. Fall is not the season for eating raw or cold foods. These food types create a phlegm buildup, creating dampness that gets stored in the lungs.
Dairy, particularly butter, milk, cheese and cream are hardest to digest this time of year. There are however, an abundance of in-season fall foods that help nourish the body and immune system.
These foods include:
- Sweet potato
- Black pepper
- Mustard Greens
Keeping Your Body In Balance
Tuning up your body as each season approaches is a good idea. Focusing on what each season has to offer and realigning your body will make the transition easy, and allow you to get the most out of the next few months.
Aside from eating right, focusing on what you can let go, and keeping your sinuses free and clear, heading in to see your acupuncturist will allow you to stay ahead of any issues you may have as you transition seasons.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in, call us today for your fall tune-up.