Can you feel it? Fall is here. It may not feel like it in sunny San Diego, but I assure you, the days are most definitely getting shorter. This marks the beginning of the yin cycle, causing us to be a little less care-free and instead have the desire to go inward. According to Chinese Medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the element of Metal, which manifests as organization, structure, order, and setting boundaries. It’s the time to finish projects and harvest the bounty of your hard work and prepare for the internal time ahead that comes with winter. The time is near to reflect on your internal mind and body.
Autumn is the time when the trees shed their leaves to make fertile ground for the potential growth in spring. It’s the time for us to pare down that which no longer serves us to go inward, and ultimately make space for new growth and expansion.
In Chinese Medicine autumn is associated with the color white, the lungs and the large intestine. It is also related to the emotion grief, which many of us experience when the season changes and summer is over. Along with grief is the emotion of letting go, which is often difficult for people who love summer. If you find these transitions difficult this is the perfect time to seek assistance through acupuncture.
The following is a list of foods and supplements to support the lungs and the large intestine.
LUNG QI IS SUPPORTED BY CONSUMING:
Pears, cauliflower, sweet potato, yam and pumpkin, rice, oats, dates, & fresh ginger
LARGE INTESTINE SUPPORT:
Magnesium Citrate (take before bed to induce restful sleep and for a regular morning bowel movement)
Flax seeds (purchase whole and grind at home for maximum nutrients)
Omega 3 fatty oils (such as a high quality fish oil)
Probiotics (spore based are best)
Warm water and lemon first thing in the morning
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