Autumn and Chinese Medicine
While summer emphasizes being physically and socially active with its long days and warm weather and even though its still warm this week, the changes that autumn brings is already becoming evident. Now in October, the nights are noticeably cooler, daytime temperatures can wildly fluctuate, leaves change color and sunlight is intense but lessening. As the veil thins as we approach winter solstice, it is important to make a conscious transition from this outward time of summer to a more yin and contracting time of autumn for maintaining a healthy balance in both physical and emotional well-being. With this shift, comes natural changes in our bodies, mood and health.
This is a time to strengthen and protect your health. Fortifying during autumn months will in turn create a reservoir of wellness to sustain vitality in winter months.
The Lung Organ
Ways to Support the Lungs
Nourish Fluids Since autumn is a dry season, we need to protect ourselves from cold-air evaporation of moisture from our skin. Pay attention to hydration with fluids coupled with moistening foods, such as pears, sea vegetables, cabbage, turnips and parsnips.
Breathe Take time to focus on full, deep abdominal breaths as you become aware of that which needs to be released.
Purge Free up more space by letting go of clutter and excess possessions- donating and giving away unused clothes will be deeply appreciated by those who need them this winter. This can also mean letting go of relationships and friendships which no longer serve you in a positive way.
Grieve There is no one right way to grieve, there is no standard timeframe and each person's grief process is unique. Chinese medicine is concerned with grief that is repressed and unexpressed.
Sleep In general: aim to go to bed an hour earlier and wake an hour later. It definitely may be appropriate for you to sleep longer than that as we head towards winter.
Dress Appropriately Wear a scarf - even a light one will protect your lungs and throat from harsh wind and cold.
Compost! Another crucial way of letting go of what is no longer needed and supporting the lungs of our planet.