△Late Summer in Chinese Medicine△
The element: earth
The emotion: worry
The organ: the Spleen
This beautiful few weeks between Summer and Autumn is known as Late Summer in traditional Chinese Medicine. We’re experiencing a final heatwave in the UK right now and I’m loving the dance between the warmth of the sun and the cooling energy of the earth.
Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine is formed from an observation of your whole body, not just symptoms. In Late Summer your Spleen is dominant, and this organ relates to your digestive system (Spleen and Stomach). If you have an imbalance here, this is the time of year when you will feel it most – you may be worrying or overthinking, feeling fatigue with weak muscles, experiencing problematic digestive symptoms, have a white coating on your tongue and finding that you feel worse in damp surroundings.
To keep your Spleen and Stomach balanced and supported at this time of year try:
*avoiding cold and uncooked food
*chewing food really well
*not eating too late at night
*anything that helps you reduce stress as this allows the digestive system to function properly and absorb all the vitamins and minerals you need to feel good (did you know certain mineral and vitamin deficiencies can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression)
*the Spleen Hug (see my earlier post)
Enjoy this beautiful time of year wherever you are in the Northern Hemisphere.