Living With The Seasons – Autumn In Chinese Medicine

{Lungs & Immunity}

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Autumn is upon us. Seasonal changes represent a move between yin and yang. Autumn is the yin energy replacing the big yang energy of summer. This energy is moving inward and downwards in Autumn towards the earth, as opposed to out and up in summer.

Chinese medicine associates Autumn with the lung. The lung opens to the nose and controls the skin, and is seen to be delicate as it is easily affected by changes in the external environment, especially dryness. If you are prone to lung weaknesses conditions such as asthma, sinus and hay fever may flare. The common cold signs such as sore throat, runny nose, stiff neck, cough and headaches are more likely to occur.

Asthma, Sinus & Hayfever 

Acupuncture & a combination of Chinese therapies (Massage & cupping) have immediate effects in controlling the symptoms and are particularly effective for nasal passage congestion, post natal drips, itchy eyes, inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages. The frequency and intensity will reduce over a course of treatment and other improvements will be noticed such as increased energy and a stronger digestive system.

Common Cold 

The sooner you seek treatment the more likely the Acupuncture treatment will prevent the onset of a full-blown cold. Acupuncture can provide fast symptom relief and aid a quicker recovery.

Each season the health challenge for us is to harmonise our energy and body with the greater energy of nature. Use Autumn to sleep a little longer, eat warm nourishing foods and turn inwards.

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Written by: Stacy Robson

Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher. Treatments inculding Acupuncture, Chinese Therapies, Dietary & lifestyle suggestions, Breathing & Relaxation techniques. Call 0421 230 806 for more information.

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