Autumn brings dryness - Acupuncture Health Minute
The climate in the fall is associated with dryness. Too much dryness can disrupt proper
lung function and lead to chapped skin, sore throat and dry nasal passageways. These
are all signs of lung dryness. One of the best ways to nourish your lungs and keep
membranes healthy, all of which is essential for proper immune function, stay hydrated.
Put honey in hot water, take elderberry concentrate or black cherry herbal syrup. You
can add (slimy) mucilaginous foods and herbs to your diet such as - okra, eggs,
marshmallow root tea or, slippery elm bark tea or fenugreek tea.
What’s your favorite go-to tea for your throat and lungs? Let me know in the comments below.
The Lung and Large Intestine meridian organ system become the most active
during fall, and are both significantly impacted by dryness. It’s important to take deep, cleansing breaths to release stress, clear your mind, and nurture your physiology. Deep breathing exercises can stimulate your Lung qi, which supports a strong and robust immune system. You can enhance your deep breathing by adding “lung opening” essential oils such as pine, eucalyptus, grapefruit, or frankincense. I recommend square breathing. Come in and I will teach you how to square breath.
If you were to get an acupuncture treatment solely for preventative purposes (aka, a
“tune-up”), your acupuncturist would select a group of points that do the following:
-Boost qi (our vital energy and the foundation of how everything in our body works,
including the immune system)
-Strengthen digestion (that connection between gut health and immunity)
-Support the lungs (in Chinese Medicine, the lungs are our first line defense against
contracting external “wind conditions” like colds, flus, and allergies)
-Calm the mind (stress can weaken the immune system)
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