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Embracing Autumn

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

In Traditional Chinese Medicine each season correlates to specific organs, elements, and emotions. Autumn is connected to the Lung organ, the metal element, and emotions of grief and sadness.


Just as the natural world "let's go" during this season, so do the associated organs of the Lungs and Large Intestine.

These organs function to take in and absorb what is needed and let go of waste. This is a good time of year for acupuncture to help with ongoing issues connected to these organs.

Support your body for Autumn with treatments for:

  • Respiratory issues (asthma, cough, wheezing)

  • Allergies, especially that are worse in the fall

  • Increase immunity against respiratory infections

  • Chronic Constipation

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Emotional Letting Go

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu

Like nature, the focus of this time of year shifts more internally with introspection and emotional letting go. Grief, difficulties dealing with loss or change, and prolonged sadness are thought to be imbalances related to this season and the Lung. With good Lung health there is clear thinking and openness to new ideas. Sadness and grief are emotions that affect and weaken Lung energy.

The metal element is associated with this season and encompasses organization, setting limits, and protecting boundaries. Autumn is a season to cultivate the body and mind.


What's on the menu?

Autumn is a season of wind and dryness therefore pungent and moistening foods are recommended.

Try adding these foods to your diet:

pears, apples, apricots, plums

sweet potato, broccoli

onion. garlic, radishes

cinnamon, ginger

almonds, peanuts, walnuts, eggs

limit spicy foods (too much is drying)


Just as the equinox brings more of a balance between hours of light and dark, this is a time to bring balance to our health.

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