The Five Elements refer to 5 fundamental forces of nature – these forces play out in our bodies and in the rhythms of the natural world. The Five Elements offer a way for me, as an acupuncturist, to understand the complex relationships at play between various energy systems in your body.
The energy of the Lungs, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, controls a wide array of physiological functions in the body. This energy is associated with the energy of the fall – of harvest, and turning inward, and protection.
Though many of us don’t want to admit it, fall is just around the corner. You can feel it in the air early in the morning, before the last days of summer sun break through. While fall brings many wonderful things – crisp cool air, changing leaves, yummy root vegetables, and the routine that many miss during the summer, it also brings colds and flus and runny noses as the weather gets cooler.
On Feb 10th, we enter into the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Calendar.
It is that time of year – flu season. And it seems to be particularly common these past few weeks – sick kids home from school, missed work days, long lines outside of public health clinics. So how to stay healthy this winter?
If you have gone outside at all today, you know that it is HOT. It seems most of the country has been experiencing particularly hot weather this summer. And while the heat can be good, it is also important that you take the necessary precautions to help your body naturally stay cool, particularly by paying attention to what kinds of food and drink you put into your body. Here are a couple tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Spring has…at least for the time being…sprung. And while springtime brings warmer weather, more sunshine, and a chance to be outside, it also brings its own energetic challenges, which we should all be aware of!