Essentially, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the idea that good healthcomes from living a balanced, harmonious life, particularly with one’s own environment. Each season has its own characteristics and if we adjust our behaviour and habitsaccordingly, we will support our body in fending off ailments.
Like all seasons, fall is a time of change. In this time of year the yang energy and warmth ofthe sun lessens and allows the yin energy to slowly take control. Autumn is when we should begin to slow down, prepare for winter, strengthen our digestive and respiratory systems anddefinitely boost our immune system.
Here are some simple ways you can support your body during this season:
1) Keep your neck warm by wearing a scarf- Traditional Chinese medicine views theback of the neck as one of the most likely places for a cold invasion to enter thebody. Think about how you normally feel when you catch a cold. Often, we notice anachy sensation in our necks and maybe develop a headache. These might be thefirst signs you are catching a cold.
2) Warm up your food- use more seasonal vegetables, consider roasting them orhaving a nice, comfort food style, soup. As you are keeping warm from the outside,these foods will help you keep warm on the inside. They are also easier on yourdigestive system.
3) Keep up with an exercise routine- exercise is important to maintain a healthy bloodflow through your body. Remember, especially when exercising outside or goingoutdoors after being at the gym, to cover up. Your skin pores are open due tosweating and this might make you more vulnerable to getting sick.
4) Make sure you are getting enough sleep- stay tuned with your body and be awareof how much energy you have. If you are feeling tired and drained, there may be agood reason for that and it might be a good idea to take it easy and rest.
Don’t let the colder weather get you down. Make sure you talk to friends and family and beopen and accepting to the changes around you. Maintaining a healthy, positive mind is asimportant as taking care of the rest of your body.
By Acupuncturist Roni Neeley