Tips from the Yellow Emperor’s Medicine Cabinet
Autumn is a time to reflect…
If we have enjoyed bounty, give thanks,
If the year has been difficult
be happy for what you do have.
and resolve to do better when the chance appears.
Autumn is a time to give thanks
“The three months of Autumn are the season for harvest.
It is getting cooler and the wind is blowing stronger.
The Qi of earth is clear and everything is changing color.
Go to sleep when it is dark and get up at dawn, just like the rooster.
Keep calm and relaxed and keep your vital energy in good balance.
It will help you resist the adverse influence of the cold autumn air.
That is the way to adapt to autumn and nurture the harvesting Qi.
Violating it will result in injury to the lungs (cold & flu).”
Huang Di Nei Jing The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine
The Gate of the Moon: Autumnal Meditation
An energetic balance between day and night,
yet yin is growing and sunset comes sooner.
Facing west, Practice Nourishing Qi breathing using the sssss sound for the Lungs,
as you exhale visualize breathing out dirty Qi and gray energy from the lungs,
breathing in, draw in clouds of healing white energy and visualize the body becoming beautiful white jade.
Herbs for Fall
Flower teas are drunk in Fall to help balance Yin and Yang
Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea warms the Body
Ban Lan Gen Tea prevents colds and flu
Tangerine peel and Green Tea – for cough and phlegm
Foods for an autumn diet
Developing an awareness of seasonal diets can help to tune you in to the changing rythyms of nature, and the challenges that each season brings.
In autumn eat more spicy, pungent foods (garlic, ginger, turnips, radishes) to help cleanse and protect the lungs. To support the wei Qi (immune function) eat lots of dark green vegtables and red, orange or yellow foods high in beta carotene, like carrots, pumpkin, broccoli. Illnesses of fall are best treated while we are healthy before cold and flu
season is upon us.
Typical health problems seen in the Chinese medical clinic in fall are:
Frontal Sinus HA
IBS and abdominal problems
Nasal Problems, Sinusitis
also a variety of aches and pains, shoulders, neck and back as the weather changes.