Integrative Medicine Blog
Point of the Month with Ancient Words of Wisdom
Getting rest and staying active can help avert illness in the Fall.
As we continue through the Summer it is important to be mindful of the upcoming transition into the next season. According to some of the ancient Chinese practitioners, in the summer one may go to bed later, while waking up and rising earlier. It is advised to avoid anger or holding grudges and instead be happy and easy going as well as staying physically active to prevent our energy from becoming stuck. By doing so, we may avert illness in the Fall.
The Fall brings changes of weather, often with wind, that can challenge our immunity. At this time it is advised to slow down after the sun sets and still rise with dawn. “Just as the weather in Fall turns harsh, so does the emotional climate. It is therefore important to remain calm and peaceful, refraining from excess sadness so that one can make the next transition to Winter smoothly.” (From the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine)
According to Chinese medicine, the lungs are associate with the Fall. Practicing breathing exercises is advised to enhance our lung energy. The air we bring in through our lungs energizes and fuels the functionality of other organs as well. Often the wind and dryness of the Fall can bring on colds and flus. Activating the first point on the lung channel either with acupuncture, acupressure or tapping can help boost immunity during this time of transition.
Lung 1 is located on the front of the chest under the collar bone where the shoulder and the upper and outer most portion of the pectoralis muscle meet. You can massage this area with flat fingers or tap on it with the tips of the fingers. This will help strengthen your lungs for the upcoming changes.
Enjoy the rest of summer!
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine translation by Maoshing Ni, PhD
A Manual of Acupuncture, by Peter Deadman