As the weather cools off and the leaves start to change color, I am reminded of the natural changes we go through in the course of a day, a season, and a year. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a medicine that illuminates our body as organic parts of nature. Just as there is hot, cold, wind, and rain, our body also shifts internally in the weather. Bringing our body and our lifestyle into accordance with the seasons around us can have a profound impact on our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Each season has basic health and wellness principles to help keep us in alignment with nature. The organ system that is most closely related to the fall is the paired system of the Lung & Large Intestine. An easy way to remember this correlation is that fall begins cold and flu season. Most upper respiratory issues can be blamed on the lungs while the stomach causes most of your basic stomach flu symptoms. Most people don’t know is how closely the gut is related to the respiratory system. In functional medicine, this is the newest research, but TCM understood this link long ago! When the digestive system tries to break down a mucus producing food or something that causes a histamine reaction, it sends a byproduct of mucus up to the nose, so as to immediately rid itself of toxins. [Read more…]