I love Autumn. Everywhere just becomes more colourful. I don’t even mind that the weather becomes cooler. I just put on warmer clothes so I feel toasty.
So what does the Autumn mean from a Chinese Medicine perspective? Well, according to Chinese Medicine Autumn is ruled by the metal element and its meridians (Lung and Large Intestine).
During this time it is not unusual for me to see an increase of clients with issues such as skin conditions, asthma, sinus problems, constipation, low self esteem and emotional issues such as sadness, unresolved grief and issues of not being able to let go.
If you are experiencing these type of symptoms then why not book in for a shiatsu treatment. I would do a full consultation, treatment and offer you some self-help techniques to help balance your metal energy
Energy balancing tips for the metal element in the Autumn time
- Let go of negativity towards yourself and others. Autumn is a good time to forgive.
- Do a life clear out! Get rid of unwanted things so there is space for new things. This could be a wardrobe weed or just deleting unwanted emails in your inbox. For some people it might be a time to let go of unwanted relationships.
- If you are holding onto sadness and grief, you may wish to speak to someone to share how you feel, such as a counselor.
- Breath deeply. This will help expand your lungs, take in oxygen and allow the qi to flow smoothly. This is a really good way to help you relax too.
- Keep warm. Autumn can be a bit windy and Chinese medicine believes that the wind and cold can most easily enter your neck and cause imbalances. So maybe wear a scarf.
- It is now time to reduce cooling foods such as raw and salads. And support the digestive system with stews and soups. Which are great as they are cooked for longer, are nutritious and easy to digest.
- Eat the following energetically nourishing foods that support the Lung and Large Intestine:
Vegetables: such as onions, sweet potato, cabbage, leeks and broccoli
Fruits: Apples, grapes, lemons, limes, grapefruit, bananas, apricots
Spices/herbs: ginger, cardamom, chilli, cinnamon,black pepper and garlic
Pickled foods; onions and sauerkraut
Other stuff: almonds, sourdough bread, olives, eggs, soy beans and miso
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. – Steve Maraboli