The beauty of Chinese Medicine is how everything is connected and flowing. The seasons in nature change and so we transition.
According to Chinese Medicine there are not four, but five seasons. Late summer is the closing of summer, the heavy rain and the damp misty mornings. Those earthy smells come straight from the late summer element, Earth.
The Earth element is vital to our sense of well-being. It is a beautiful time to standing still, slowing down and nurture the Earth element within us.
As nature changes around us, we reflect these changes within and how we feel through the seasonal transitions echoes the balance of our own Earth element.
In Chinese Medicine when Earth is out of balance, disharmony will ensue in the rest of the body. It can create worry, anxiety and often a sense of being overwhelmed. Physical manifestations of this may be stomach and digestive issues, achy limbs, and a feeling of heaviness.
Harmonizing the Earth element can be done by eating seasonal produce and taking a break from all refined sugars. The colour attributed to the Earth is orange. Foods in season now such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon can help rebalance the Earth element.
Dietary changes combined with Acupuncture to support the health of the Earth vitality can have a far ranging impact on energy and immune health.
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