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What does Traditional Chinese Medicine tell us about Autumn?

The leaves are beautiful, the temperatures are getting cooler, and a LOT of transitioning is happening!

Autumn is associated with the Metal Element in Chinese medicine.

The metal element governs over:

- Pungent or Spicy Taste

- Grief and Sadness

- Lung and Large Intestine

- Dryness

It is a time of year when our bodies are more susceptible to dry air which can result in a dry cough, or tendency toward constipation. It is important to drink warm fluids and eat warm, nourishing foods like soups and stews. Seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and persimmons are very moistening and great for the lung and large intestine.

The cooler temps also make our bodies more susceptible to colds and flus. It is very important to cover the back of your neck when it starts to get cool. The back of your neck is called your "wind gate" and in TCM, this is an area of vulnerability to pathogens. Time to break out those scarves you've had tucked away for the summer!

Emotionally, Autumn is a season of "letting go". You may find that old wounds tend to flare up. These may be physical or emotional wounds. This is a perfect time of year to get into the practice of journaling and meditating. These practices can help us to sit with and identify our emotions, and help us heal.

Here are a few other suggestions to help your body transition to the changes Autumn brings:

1. Practice Deep Breathing

2. Incorporate yoga practice into your routine

3. Embrace the Pumpkin Spice and Spiced Apple Cider

4. Make a list of your goals

5. De-clutter your home

6. Drink warm water with a little honey in the morning

And, as always, be sure to book with one of our amazing providers so we can help support your mind and body to ensure a healthy, happy Autumn season!


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