Chinese Medicine tips for staying healthy during Fall

Photo by Kristijan Arsov on Unsplash

Photo by Kristijan Arsov on Unsplash

As nature changes from the heat and expansiveness of summer to the cooler temperatures and pulling back of energy during fall; we also experience natural changes in our physical bodies, health, and moods. During autumn we are more inclined to stay home at night, get more sleep and spend time in more serious pursuits. Living in harmony with the changing seasons will boost your immune system and help to maintain health.

The energy pathways of Lung and Large Intestine are most active during this season. The emotions associated with Lung, grief, and sadness, will stagnate Lung energy if they are not processed by the body. When our Lung energy is stagnant we are more susceptible to colds, and respiratory infections.

When Lung energy is flowing freely, there is clarity of thought. We can also experience a positive attitude and be able to find peace regardless of our circumstances.

Imbalance in Large Intestine (LI) Meridian can manifest an inability to flow with life, stubbornness and difficulty letting go (i.e. difficulty letting go of summer). A balanced LI meridian can result in a sense of relaxation and the ability to flow with life’s changes.

Some ways to balance Lung and LI energy are:

  • Acupressure or acupuncture sessions. These modalities can move stagnation and balance the body’s energy.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises.
  • Let go of old wounds. Practice forgiveness of self and others.
  • Clean house let go of what is no longer needed.
  • Get more sleep.