Welcome to the fall season filled with chilly nights and cozy fires. The changes we see in fall are not just happening in the world outside of us, there are also changes happening within us. Fall marks a big energetic shift in the body. The energy in the spring and summer has been circulating on the exterior, opening the pores, and receiving the warm, vibrant energy from the sun. Now as the days get shorter, and the evenings cooler, the energy shifts towards the interior of the body to warm the organs in preparation for winter. This big energy shift sometimes needs assistance.
The best way to assist this energy shift is through a balancing acupuncture treatment that allows any emotional and physical holding in the body to be released and for all the five elements (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire) to be harmonized. This fall tune up treatment will help your energy transition smoothly to the interior and vent any pathogens that may have lodged in your system.
Here are some other techniques for harmonizing to the Fall Metal season. To vent the exterior before this direction of energy to the interior get outside on a warm day and work up a sweat or create a steam shower in your bathroom by running a warm shower and allows the steam to create sweat and open up your pores. Before doing either of these this drink a fresh ginger (a few slices) and cinnamon (a teaspoon of ground) tea to help warm the interior and drive any pathogens out to the exterior. If you have already developed a slight fall cold reach out to a Chinese Herbalist like me for a formula to quell the symptoms. As your energy begins to return to the interior welcome this change and contracture. Fall is the metal season of the Lung and Large Intestine. It is a time for grieving losses and learning to let go of feelings, and things we no longer need. Honor your past grief. Remember those you have lost. Capitalize on the letting go energy and clean out a closet or drawer. Cultivate some indoor energy balancing activities like meditation, yoga, and dance. Find ways to connect with others while respecting physical distance. Embrace the fall fruits of the apple and pear which have natural lung moistening qualities to counteract the dryness of the season. Pull out your humidifier or essential oil diffuser and diffuse some clove, cinnamon, and peppermint, all natural antibacterial and antiviral oils. Recognize and embrace the change of this season with open arms recognizing that in a few months a new season will come and in a few more months it will be warm again.