Autumn Equinox

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Summer tans are quickly fading.

The weather is brisk. 

Time to tend to the gardens and prepare for the dark hours of winter.

Fall in Chinese Medicine is associated with the Metal Element - it is how we find value and meaning in our lives. At this time of year, we innately take stock of what we has and what no longer serves us. We naturally end relationships or let things go that we no longer need. Even today on frontporchforum, there were several people offering items up for free. When we no longer find purpose from, we let go. This is the natural rhythm of this time of year. 

Fall is also associated with the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. The act of breathing provides us with life. The large intestines absorb the water from the stool then lets go of what our body does not need. 

When this element is out of balance, there can be excessive grief from a loss, hoarding, or inability to let go. The symptoms could be asthma, excessive weeping, coughing, constipation, or diarrhea. 

Take time to clear out your closets, give away what you no longer need. Go through the boxes in your basement or the pile of papers on your desk to clear out clutter. If you want to bring balance through your diet, eating white foods nourishes the lungs. This includes, pears, rice, mushrooms, parsnips, turnips or rutabaga among other things. If you find that your symptoms are too much to handle, always seek out care. 

Acupuncture is a wonderful tool that helps bring the body's natural cycles back into balance. We are available for appointments and you can easily schedule online or call 802-496-6346.