If it feels like you’re going through a transition right now you are.
With all the yang energy of summer we run on a natural high, but as light and heat of summer gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures and diminishing daylight your body goes through a period of adjustment. You may find yourself sleeping longer hours, craving warmer cooked foods and maybe feeling a little bit down or melancholy.
Strengthening Your Immune System
In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with metal and the lungs. Because the lungs are the most exterior organs in the body, they are the most susceptible to getting sick. Viruses and bacteria enter into the lung system via skin, mouth, nasal passages, so strengthening your lungs and enhancing your immune system becomes key to staying healthy.
Sipping this tea throughout the day can help boost your immune system.
Immune Boosting Tea
- 2 slices of fresh ginger
- ½ stick cinnamon
- Six cups boiled hot water
- Steep for one hour
Strengthening Your Lungs
Autumn is also a dryer, windier time of year. Seasonal allergies tend to flair up triggered by leaf mold. The dry heat in your home can further irritate the lungs. This dryness can cause the lungs to feel irritated leading to coughs and dry phlegm caught in your throat.
Adding these foods can help nourish and moisten the lungs:
- Pears, apples, sweet potato, honey, carrot ginger soups – soups and stews are always good for your lungs as they are moistening.
Re-Balance Your Body With Acupuncture
One of the most effective ways to help your body adjust to the changing seasons is through acupuncture. Acupuncture naturally regulates the flow of qi or energy in your body. It can help strengthen your lungs and immune system. It can also help release trapped energy – energy that can lead to pain, depression or lethargy.
If you are curious and would like to learn more about the restorative power of acupuncture book yourself in for a consultation.
Julie Nelson R.TCMP