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  • Writer's pictureTelina R.Ac

Transitioning from AC season to Spooky Season

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a foundational theory that our bodies are constantly changing in alignment to what is going on in our outside environment.

As the seasons change from hiding in your house from the heat waves, we transition to crisper weather with beautiful colours of leaves falling from the trees.

So what does this mean for us and how can we help our body transition to Spooky Season mode.

Fall is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine TCM organs, emotions of sadness and grief, dry climate, pungent flavour, the nose sense organ, the skin and more.

With these associations, we must learn how to help support the process in order to keep ourselves in good health and not bring about any patterns of excess or deficiency.

1. Let go.

This doesn't mean just the general emotional sense of letting go (which is also recommended), but also letting go of things that no longer serve you.

Haven't cleaned your drawers out in awhile? Pick one to organize.

Have some clothes you no longer wear or fit? Donate them.

2. Get Outside.

Fall tends to be cooler and activity tends to slow down as the days get shorter, but getting out for a walk can help to ease stress, get the body moving and strengthen your lungs.

3. Cover Your Skin.

Cold likes to invade the body where your are not covered. I myself, don't usually like wearing socks, but keeping warm is now a must. When you can, cover your neck, cover you belly, cover your feet. I know, the crop top looks great with leggings, but cold likes to invade the abdomen and cause menstrual issues. No thanks.

4. Spice it Up.

Since pungent flavours are prominent in Fall, have yourself some Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin pies, Chai Teas and the like. Nutmeg and Cinnamon both have pungent properties which can help to strengthen the TCM organs and move Qi in the proper directions.

5. Eat According to the Season

Raw healthy foods are great and all, but we're moving in to the colder seasons. Opt for warm foods and having foods that are cooked. Warm foods can include ginger, onions, garlic, sweet potato, black pepper chilli, asparagus and more.

6. Make an Acupuncture Appointment

Of course, getting acupuncture, cupping, guasha and moxa done can help support your transition from summer to fall.


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