Post Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
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
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.
SUGGESTIONS FOR LETTING GO AND CLEARING OUT:
– 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.