Autumn is just around the corner, and for many people, that means the start of ailments affecting the lungs–flu, colds, coughs, and allergies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the autumn season is actually associated with the lungs and large intestine. These organs are more vulnerable during this time, so it’s important to focus on keeping them as healthy as possible. Here’s how:
Lungs (Yin) - their purpose is to bring oxygen in and move carbon monoxide out, in exchange. Keeping the lung Qi clear by getting plenty of rest, eating a balanced diet, and working on relaxed, deep breathing.
Large Intestine (Yang) - its purpose is to absorb water left over after food is digested and it’s a mechanism for waste removal. Prevent blockages of the large intestine qi by drinking plenty of water, eating more natural fiber, avoiding cold and raw foods, and clearing clutter.
You may have noticed this, but both the lungs and large intestine are involved in removing byproducts or toxins from the body. When we experience stagnation with either the lungs or large intestine, the result is that those organs are having difficulty “letting go” of these waste products, even though they are no longer beneficial for the body. It’s no coincidence that trees and other fauna shed their foliage in autumn, which is a reminder for us to do the same by letting go of the things that no longer serve us.
A few tips to help you enjoy the beautiful fall season:
Carry a sweater or light jacket with you
Start making the switch from cooling summer salads to warming soups
Drink plenty of warm liquids
Visit your acupuncturist for a series of immune-boosting treatments