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Autumn – the season of the Metal Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine
September 21st, 2017
Autumn can be a difficult time of year, a time when the transience of life is brought to our attention. As the nights draw in, the air gets chilly and the leaves fall from the trees we may experience feelings of loss and melancholy as another year draws to a close. It can however, also be a time of great poignancy and beauty, we may find we are able to appreciate the deeper meaning of our lives and the things we value.
Physically, the Metal element is connected to our breath, and this is typically a time when we can get coughs and colds. If our Metal energy is weak we may experience low vitality, poor immunity, flare ups of asthma, sinus problems, and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis may arise or worsen.
We can strengthen our lungs and protect ourselves from ill health in this season by getting plenty of fresh air (whilst wrapping up against the cold), spending time focusing on our breath, gently exfoliating or brushing our skin, and looking after our diet. Foods such as tofu, beans, white meat, radishes, mushrooms, garlic and black pepper are all loved by the lungs. Teas containing ginger and cinnamon are also strengthening and warming.
It can also be helpful to have a good clear out of clutter, clean our windows, and spend time thinking about what it is we value in life. Perhaps we might think about how to nurture those values in the year to come. Autumn is a time to let go of past regrets, and to get in touch with our own worth – to forgive our imperfections.
Jenny Tune LicAc. BSc.(Hons) MBAcC.
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