Looking after yourself in Autumn with Chinese Medicine.
The element: metal
The emotion: grief
The organ: the lungs
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I wonder how you’ve been feeling these last few weeks. Many, if not most, of my patients that I’ve seen in my private clinic are experiencing common themes: sadness, fatigue, melancholy and feeling the need to be cared for. Coughs and colds are starting to appear as well as skin and eye dryness, and nearly everyone in clinic is mourning the poor summer, feeling the heaviness from the extraordinary amounts of rain the last few months. All this accentuated by the changing of the clocks last week.
In treatments, during Autumn, I always add acupuncture points located on the Lung and Large intestine channel to help move my patients smoothly through the natural grief and sadness that can accompany time of year. These organs partner together to help welcome energy (lungs) and release what we don’t need (large intestine), but when there is a slight imbalance we see the symptoms and emotions mentioned above.
A few simple ways to help your Lungs and Large Intestine:
- consciously breathe. place your hands around your ribs and allow them to gently expand and contract, not forcing the breath, just letting the rhythm be natural and not allowing your shoulders to lift on the in-breath either (you will get a headache),
- eat warm food,
- cover the chest and the back of the neck,
- keep exercising – allow the heart rate to increase a little for a small time every day,
- drink room temperature water or herbal teas,
- practice allowing any emotions of sadness to be present,
- walk, breathe and appreciate the beauty of the trees @wearestardust has written a beautiful post about the colour of leaves during autumn.
Also, start taking a vitamin D supplement. This time of year is when we begin to need support making this vital vitamin, because there isn’t enough sunlight around.
Autumn blessings to you all.