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Living in Harmony with Autumn
By Brian Benjamin Carter, MSci, LAc

Brian is an author of international renown and public speaker. He is currently writing his book Chinese Medicine: A Practical Guide to Optimal Healing. Brian practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in sunny San Diego, California.
Autumn is the time of maturity and harvest. The air becomes a bit crisper, and the leaves change. Everything slows down, and the days shorten. Yang turns toward yin. The wind can be a bit (or a lot) cooler. Make sure you've got a jacket with you and cover your neck to avoid colds and flu's - the wind has a way of overcoming the immune system.

Make sure you're eating well and your digestion is good, because that's the root of your immune system strength.

Dryness is a common problem in the autumn. It causes constipation, dry throat, dry skin, dry eyes, dry brittle hair, thirst, and prevents sweating. Spicy food makes it worse. Pear juice is a nice moistening solution for a dry Lung (Chinese medicine includes the nose, skin, and throat in its Lung organ-system).

Grief, the emotion of autumn, is quite appropriate in certain situations. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has determined that 6 weeks of grief is appropriate and normal after the death of a loved one, or a great tragedy. But excessive or long-term grief can harm the Lung-system, and people with Metal-phase or Lung organ-system problems can be frequent criers.

But let's not forget a more positive form of grief, nostalgia, which can typify the 'autumn' of our lives. I know everyone has their own way of doing it- looking through old letters, and albums of photographs. The other day, I had on some Supertramp (70's rock), and the wave of nostalgia that hit me reminded me it was Autumn. You don't have to listen to 70's rock - choose your own. And I wouldn't advise staying in the nostalgic mood for too long (unless you like depression and fatigue), but a little bit of "retrospection" does the body and soul good.

Autumn Tips

  • Go to bed at sunset and arise at dawn
  • Remain calm and peaceful, and avoid depression
  • Rein in your desires and become focused
  • Breathe deeply and smoothly
  • Avoid smoking and excessive grief

The Consequences of Not Adapting to Autumn

  • Immediately: Injury to the Lung-system
  • Later: In the winter, Kidney-system and digestive problems including diarrhea and undigested food

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