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Acupuncture in the Fall Season
There is a slight nip in the air. The days are starting to get shorter. And we find ourselves a little more serious and less carefree than in summer. Whether you're preparing for school or preparing for a new business venture, you know that Fall has arrived.
     

There is a slight nip in the air. The days are starting to get shorter. And we find ourselves a little more serious and less carefree than in summer. Whether you're preparing for school or preparing for a new business venture, you know that Fall has arrived.

Fall is the beginning of the yin cycle when the daylight lasts less than twelve hours. It's a time of harvest when we gather the colorful fruits and vegetables for winter storage. Pumpkins and squashes are our symbols of bounty. 

The transition from Summer to Fall is a time when the Qi is unstable. The Qi from healthy lungs should descend. If the Lung Qi goes upward, it is "rebellious," and the person experiences a cough. The Lungs inhale the Heavenly Qi (air) and exhale the "dirty "Qi (carbon dioxide). Now is the time to strengthen your Qi to prepare for winter and get a "tune-up" from Tiffany – the Bridges licensed acupuncturist to strengthen your immune system.

Eight body-mind tips to feel your best during fall
1- Support your lungs and intestines by adding a supporting diet that includes: pears, radishes, daikon radish, cauliflower, and cabbage. Avoid cold foods and drinks as lung tissue is too sensitive at this time of the year. Avoid sugar, dairy – anything white or processed – because they form mucus. If you feel a cold is coming, try something with spicy and pungent flavors. Add onions, ginger and garlic to your meals.

2- Sweat. Both lungs and large intestine are related to detoxifying the body. It may seem weird, but fall is a very good time to detoxify since the body is in sync for it during this time.

3- Support the lung system and strengthen your immunity by drinking lots of fluids, teas, and more important, water. It’s always good to be hydrated, especially during the fall to prevent dry skin and constipation. During this time wrap a scarf around your neck. In Acupuncture theory, the back of the neck is a sensitive place where cold can invade the body.

4- Eat more cooked and warm food and less raw food. This supports your immunity and conserves your energy. You need your energy to protect your body rather than it having to warm and cook your food.

5- Organize what is scattered and let go of what you don’t need. Fall is a great time to transition from the outward energy of summer to the inward and contracting energy of the winter.

FOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR LETTING GO AND CLEARING OUT:
– Pay your bills.
– Organize your closets and papers.
– Clean your pantry.
– Donate your shoes and clothes that you haven’t used in years.

6- Stay warm and avoid getting cold. Make sure you have enough layers to protect you from weather changes.

7-Detox your emotions. Owning then letting go of old ideas and stagnant emotions assists in making peace with yourself and others. In this way, you “digest” the emotions, and open space for new projects, ideas, and plans.

8- Get regular Acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments can support your immunity and can help your transition through the seasonal changes while maintaining good health. Acupuncture can help you to work on your emotions, and balance your energy. Regular treatments can help you let go and focus your attention on the future.

Ask our Expert on Herbs for the Fall.

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