Autumn/Fall is the season of harvest as we prepare for the winter season.
We look to collecting and storing nutrition as well as mental clarity for the purpose of cultivation and culmination to allow us to grow and let go of and move on to the next cycle of the seasons and life itself. We can move forward with the proper care that allows us to balance the body/mind experience and balance the nervous system to enhance our overall well-being. Fall is the time of year to go deeper into self-care, retrospection, and meditation.
We are now going from the relaxed carefree world of summer to the more serious and introspective energies that are associated with autumn.
With COVID still, here, the balance of these meridians can have a profound effect on the respiratory system in a healthy way to enhance the overall strength of our immune system.
Acupuncture. Many of my patients come in whenever the season changes to get balanced with specific points relating to the meridians involved for that season.
- Let go of negativity. Just becoming aware is a good start.
- Breathe. Try taking a deep breath for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 5-7 seconds, and breathe out for 8 seconds. This clears the negativity and resets your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems for stress reduction. (Also aides in insomnia).
- Wear a scarf. Fall is the time for wind. In Chinese medicine, the wind is responsible for around 100 different types of disease. This time of year, colds, coughs, and flu.
Try adding some of the following:
- Sweet potatoes
- Apples & pears.
Think of foods that will moisten and warm the cool dry air that is invading the body.