It has been a strange summer of tropical like weather with frequent rain and humid conditions here in the Northeast. We are starting to feel the transition to Fall with cooler temperatures, but still having rain and some humidity. We officially go into Autumn this year on September 23rd, the Fall Equinox. It is a perfect time for children or young adults going back to school to engage in a whole new year of learning.
In Traditional Chinese medicine the seasons and their transitions are important to an individual’s overall health. Fall is most represented by Metal energy found in the Lung organ. The lungs control respiration by inhaling the clear qi and exhaling the impure qi. The Lungs are the uppermost organ and provide a lid to the other organs. If the Lung Qi is weak, the Defense Qi (ie immune system) will also be weak. We can build up our lung power by aerobic activity or more controlled exercises with qi gong or tai chi. It is a good time to think about preventing colds and flu for the upcoming season by visiting your acupuncturist to boost your immune system.
Foods that can be eaten at this time to increase the qi of the lungs are sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, limes, lemons, grapefruits, plums and sour apples. The sour taste astringes the fluids of the lung to decrease phlegm production. More pungent spices such as fenugreek, ginger, flaxseed, cayenne, radish, garlic and onion can be used in cooking. All dairy foods, animal meats, peanuts and sweeteners should be kept to a minimum to decrease the production of phlegm.
Quote of the Day:
“A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives the flower.” – Chinese Proverb