Autumn Energetics

Harmony with the seasons

In Chinese medicine Autumn represents the pendulum shifting from Yang (brightness, heat, activity, growth) towards Yin (darkness, stillness and introspection).  True Autumn begins at the Autumn equinox, generally in late March. The equinox occurs as equal amount of daylight and of darkness and therefore of the Yin and Yang energies.

Autumn pertains to the metal element in Chinese medicine. This element is related to the organs of the lungs and large intestine. These two organs symbolize the action, function, and ability of “receiving and letting go” physically and emotionally. In Chinese medicine philosophy the lungs receive energy into the body for processing through the breath. The large intestine releases, lets go of / expels unwanted wastes and toxins.

If the lungs are not protected during Autumn they are easily put out of balance. For our health and wellbeing in this season we should be mindful of crisp, dry and cool breezes. We can  protect against these qualities with warm layers such as scarves.

The dry air and wind in Autumn can disrupt the immune system and cause coughing, sneezing and susceptibility to colds. Dryness of the skin, nose and throat may also accompany the change in season.

Emotionally the metal element relates to feelings of sadness and grief, depression, nostalgia. Un-processed emotions often present themselves during this time of year. This is said to facilitate the harvesting of the year’s fruits, lessons, and reflections.

Our top tips for Autumn health and wellness are here.

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