Chinese medicine is rooted in the understanding that our bodies are a part of the natural world and reflect the seasonal cycles of the Earth. In the sun-soaked Summer season, we are naturally active and full of energy. In the Fall, as the days grow shorter, we begin to slow down in preparation for winter. This seasonal transition is an opportune time to do a life inventory. Are our homes flowing with positive energy and clear space? Are our bodies nourished with healthy foods, exercise, and rest? Are our relationships filled with kindness, open communication, and love? If not, what do we need to let go of this season?
Autumn leaves let go in order for the trees to replenish themselves and return new leaves in the Spring. Trees never hold onto their leaves for fear of needing them next year, yet, how many of us hold on to old clutter in our lives in fear of needing it someday? The Fall is a great time for us to let go as well – both in the physical and emotional sense. How many of us are holding onto old keepsakes, old relationships, old grudges, old beliefs? Once we are able to release these material items and negative emotions we can open ourselves up for what the Universe has in store.
In Oriental Medicine, the organs connected with the fall season are the Lungs and Large Intestine. These organs work together as a pair: the Lungs take in the pure and the Large Intestine eliminates the waste. When these organs are in need of support, the body may show symptoms such as fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, bronchitis, allergies, constipation, abdominal bloating, or loose stool. Similarly, by holding on to that which no longer serves us emotionally, we may experience fear, stubbornness, anxiety, and sadness. Acupuncture can help balance the Lung-Large Intestine energy and aid in the process of letting go physically and emotionally. Fall is the ideal time to prepare the body for winter and receive a seasonal tune-up. An acupuncture session will work to fortify the immune system, clear out digestive accumulations, and bring you into a deep state of relaxation and balance.