|Dear <<First Name>>,
193 Whitecross Street would like to give you a few tips on how to stay healthy this autumn!
Our fantastic practitioner Sarah Joseph (Acupuncture Access) knows a thing or two about leading a healthy lifestyle and has kindly agreed to share it with you.
Tips for staying healthy this autumn
In order to stay well, it’s important to align ourselves with the natural rhythms in nature. With autumn upon us, it’s a good time to check-in to see if we are adjusting correctly to the energy of the season.
The transition from summer to autumn can be particularly difficult, as we move from a time of socialising outdoors to a more passive phase. This directly impacts how we feel, and how we prevent and treat illness.
Different aspects of mind, body and emotion are more vulnerable in different seasons. In autumn, acupuncturists will be looking particularly at: the Metal element (one aspect of the human psyche) the lung organ, and the emotion, grief.
Mentally, the Metal Element represents strength, discernment, focus, quality. After the fun and freedom of summer, it’s time for us to focus on what it important to us: what is it that brings quality to our lives, and how we can prioritise that ahead of winter? Metal brings clarity to those thoughts, and the ability to move smoothly from summer through to winter. Getting down to work can feel overwhelming if mentally, we are still stuck in summer; we want to focus on projects and make time for family, we want to eat healthy, cook more at home and be out socialising.
If you are unable to sort through your priorities acupuncture can help you to see with clarity.
Hydrate, carry a scarf, eat seasonally
The lungs are the most exterior of our organs and the most delicate too. They are like leaves on a tree that dry up in the autumn. Lungs are easily affected by the colder, drier autumn air. So, it may seem obvious, but make sure to layer your clothing and always have a scarf handy even when the sun is out. The wind and viruses enter the body at the back of the neck. Skin is associated with lungs in Chinese medicine, as it too is an organ of detoxification. Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated from the inside and out. Eat warm foods at this time of year, as cold food will make your digestion sluggish – swap salads at lunchtime for a nourishing soup.
Acupuncture can help boost your immune system by supporting the lung energy, and it can boost the blood supply to your face, helping with muscle tone, vitalising the look and feel of your skin.