Those things we had a taste of a month ago are now in full swing: Cooler nights, crisp air, leaves changing color, beautiful squash and root vegetables in farmer's markets... With the change in seasons we may start to feel an internal change since our bodies resonate with the world around us. Many changes we do instinctively: dressing in warmer layers or lighting candles to create warmth and coziness. But some things require a little thought or effort in order to attune your body a little more with Autumn.
Every season has a corresponding organ system in Traditional Chinese Medicine. For Autumn we are concerned with supporting our Lungs and Large Intestine as they are the most vulnerable to changes during this time. Our Lungs are responsible for inhaling air and converting it into Qi or energy in the body, while the Large Intestine's role is to keep only what we need and to eliminate the rest from our bodies. The emotion attached to these organs is grief and also the ability to let go.
Christina Wallace is a Certified Acupuncturist who treats clients in the Healing Arts suite at Yoga Shivaya. For more on the Lungs and Large Intestine and caring for yourself in Autumn, visit Christina's Health for All Seasons blog.
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