In ancient times, people who understood the way of self cultivation lived with the cycles of nature. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you transition from autumn to winter.
In late autumn, there is a cold nip in the air. The days become shorter, and we find ourselves a little more serious and less carefree than in summer.
Autumn marks the beginning of the yin cycle when daylight lasts less than twelve hours. It’s a time of harvest when we gather colorful fruits and vegetables for winter storage. Pumpkins and squash symbolize abundance, and we prepare wood for the fire while bringing out warm clothes for the colder, darker days of winter.
In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with the element of Metal, governing organization, order, communication, the mind, setting limits, and protecting boundaries. It’s an ideal time to finish projects initiated in spring and summer and reap the rewards of your hard work. It’s also perfect for starting introspective, indoor projects.
During the summer, ruled by the Fire element, we engage more with the external world, traveling and enjoying outdoor activities. Autumn, however, is a time for organizing your life for the winter, turning inward for reflection.
The lung and large intestine are the internal organs related to Fall and the Metal element. The lung is associated with the emotion of “letting go,” which can be challenging for those who love summer. Extra support from your licensed acupuncturist can help with this transition.
You may find yourself seeking ways to release emotional and physical issues. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Qigong meditation can be perfect solutions. Correct Qigong practice can increase vitality, extend lifespan, and prevent disease, making it a valuable skill to learn as summer gives way to fall.
Sleep is another important aspect of staying healthy in autumn. Ancient Chinese medical texts advise going to bed early and rising with the sounds of the rooster during this season.
To maintain a tranquil body and spirit, it’s essential not to give in to unfulfilled desires. Consider avoiding social media, as it can easily trigger emotions.
The lungs, considered a fragile organ in Chinese medicine, are the uppermost organ susceptible to wind and cold. Dress appropriately for the changing weather and keep your neck covered.
Lungs control the circulation of the defensive Qi, protecting you from flu, colds, and other illnesses. To prevent colds, maintain clear sinuses and avoid eating cold and raw foods or excessive dairy products. Pungent foods like garlic, onions, ginger, horseradish, and mustard are beneficial in moderation.
TLDR: Now is the time to strengthen your protective Qi for the upcoming winter. Get a tune-up at Clinic Eight to boost your immune system and transition smoothly from Autumn to Winter.