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Transitioning Into Fall

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Seasonal changes are an integral part of Chinese Medicine, both for our physical and mental health. Fall means pumpkin spice and apple orchards, but it is also a time of transition inward.

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Fall is the start of the yin cycle and is associated with the lung and large intestine, the metal organs. The lung and large intestine work together, taking in the pure and eliminating waste. If they don't work properly, we have allergies, coughs, wheezing, congestion, constipation, diarrhea and IBS. Our minds may also become cluttered and congestion, leading to feelings of negativity, isolation and resentment. Metal corresponds to "letting go" and grief. The lung is the organ of grief, and losses throughout the year can hit us hard in autumn. It is also time to transition away from fresh, raw foods of summer like salads and eat more cooked foods like soups and stews. It is an excellent time to incorporate bone broth, ginger and cinnamon into our diets.

Oatmeal porridge with goji berries, nuts, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and fruit (banana)

The lungs control our wei qi, or our defense against pathogens. It is a similar idea of the immune system, which is mostly linked to our lungs and digestive system in Western Medicine. The transition to fall is when our wei qi is weaker and we are more susceptible to colds and flu. Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and qi gong can keep you happy and healthy during the fall. If you are prone to getting sick, acupuncture can help give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off those germs. We can also recommend various Chinese herbs that may help give you a preventative boost. If you are coming down with something, call at the first sign of sickness. Acupuncture may help keep you from getting sick or lessen the severity of your illness.

It's SPOOKY how less sunlight and more candy can bring on more illness

Call us or schedule online to get in for acupuncture this fall to help keep you healthier and happier year around.

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