In Richmond this autumn, the temperatures have ranged from cold frosty mornings to 80 degree afternoons. The transition from summer to autumn is the most dramatic seasonal transition of the year as we experience not only the change from summer heat to cooler temperatures but also diminishing daylight. According to Chinese Medicine the lungs and large intestines are the organs associated with autumn. The lungs circulate energy and are also vulnerable to respiratory illness and cold air. These factors, combined with high mold and pollen counts in our area, explain why so many Richmonders experience seasonal allergies and colds in fall.

In addition to the change of seasons, the time change can throw off sleep rhythms and make us feel out of balance. If you notice your energy is lower or if you are having seasonal allergies, neck or shoulder pain and stiffness, difficulty fighting colds, digestive problems, seasonal depression, or sleep difficulties you might want to consider receiving a tune-up session. Acupuncture treatments can restore your natural rhythms, bring seasonal balance, help you feel energized and simultaneously reduce stress. Chinese Medicine recommends treatment at least one time per season to balance any challenges each season can bring.

Seasonal Changes in Diet

The energy in plants moves deeper into the earth and the same is true for our bodies. Including the following foods in your fall diet to help the body gather energy for winter:

  • Root vegetables like turnips, beets, and carrots mimic the activity of nature, create internal warmth, and provide deep nourishment
  • Add warming foods like soups, steamed vegetables, and stews while decreasing cold, raw foods like salads
  • Squashes like butternut and acorn
  • Pumpkin
  • Leafy greens

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