Chinese Medicine Tips for Indian Summer – continued

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The ancient Chinese believed that to maintain good health one should live in harmony with the seasons of nature. During this time of year, the intense heat and brightness of summer give way to a cooler, less intense autumn.

It is a time of transition from leisure to more serious pursuits. Children are back in school and the laid-back schedules of many businesses come to an end. This is the time of the earth element, and the energies most active are spleen and stomach.

The emotions associated with the earth element are worry and sympathy. When the earth energies are in balance, we can have empathy for ourselves and others.

When our earth energy is out of balance we can manifest many symptoms such as:

  • Craving sweets
  • Thyroid problems
  • Excessive mucus in nose, throat, and mouth
  • Heavy feelings in the body with achy legs, arms, and head
  • Lack of energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic worry
  • Bloating and indigestion with bowel issues

To stay healthy during this season, have your energy balanced by an acupressurist or acupuncturist, spend time in self-reflection or in activities such as yoga or meditation, exercise, make sure your needs are met, nourish your body, mind, and soul.