The Fall season is a time to reflect and begin turning our energy inward. Many of us have had extremely busy fun-filled summers and our bodies are ready for a health tune up. As the days shorten and temperatures fluctuate from hot to cold, this is a wonderful time of year to boost the immune system. Practice good hand washing and up your probiotics and vitamins C and D. Drink plenty of water and get the proper amount of rest. Come for acupuncture prior to catching a cold to build your immune system. Watch out for those initial cold symptoms such as chills, body aches, fevers, sore throat and headaches. This symptom set is one which we call wind-heat. When noticed early, wind heat can be treated very effectively with acupuncture and immune forumlas such as Initial Defense, Flew Away or Yin Qiao.
According to Chinese Medicine, fall is the season of the Lung and therefore our lungs are most vulnerable during this time. Deep breathing and meditation are especially helpful at this time of year to help strengthen the lungs and prepare them for the cold and flu season. Fall is a time when temperatures cool way down at night and we find ourselves cold and contracted in the mornings. The muscular system is often affected by this change and contracting energy. Getting up just 15 minutes earlier each morning to allow for some breath work and light stretching can be a wonderful part of preventative health now. Molly is teaching a Qigong class at 7:30 Tuesday and Thursday mornings. No commitment necessary, the class is open to all levels and drop ins are welcome.
As the yang energy of summer gives way to the yin energies of late fall and winter, it’s important to slow our pace down a bit. Rest more and get to sleep earlier, begin eating those yummy squashes and roasted root veggies. Make big batches of soup that you can eat all throughout the week. And take time to reflect and center each day. It’s a natural tendency that we often resist in early fall, but one well worth setting time for.
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