Did you know that acupuncture can be effective for alleviating seasonal ailments?
With clocks going back this weekend and the upcoming celebrations we will all sense that we are in
the depths of the Autumn/Fall and preparing for the arrival of Winter and the upcoming festive season.
Autumn is a favourite season for many. As the weather starts to get a little cooler, things begin to slow down, and preparations for the upcoming holiday season begins. Bonfires, woollen scarves, cosy knitwear, and fireworks are the order of the day. Yet others may struggle during this season. They tend to get sick. The longer nights and shorter days can trigger seasonal depression and many can experience a flaring of their allergies.
Tips for taking care of yourself
Dressing in warm layers and wearing a scarf and hat to keep your head back of the neck covered is a good idea. This helps keep the body temperature comfortable and stable, preventing chills and the stress of cold air entering the body through these areas. Try not to go out in the open with wet hair for the same reasons. Chinese medicine teaches that exposure of the head and back of the neck to windy and cold air makes one more susceptible to the common cold and flu.
Get to sleep before 11pm. This usually means being in bed by at least 10.30pm. Reduce staring at mobile devices or TV screen at least 1 hour before bed. Enjoy moderate exercise in the fresh air and eat warm foods that are cooked in plenty of fluids such as porridges (vary between the grains such as oat, quinoa, millet), broths, soups and stews. Up the consumption of fats and oils to assist the rejuvenation of hormones and build up reserves. Cut out too much consumption of cold and raw things such as iced drinks, salads, raw foods. Eat easy to digest foods and steamed veggies. Try not to overdo it on the Halloween yummies! All this facilitates good energy, optimises immunity and lowers stress levels.
Three ways acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can help
1. Improve Immune Function
In Chinese Medicine Autumn/Fall is associated with the Lung and Large Intestine meridians. These two energetic pathways work closely to control the immune system from both the inside and outside of the body. Taking good care of these energetic pathways can help you stay well throughout the season. Autumn is also associated with the element of Metal. The Metal represents the tendency towards order, stability and organisation. During this season we tend to become more reflective, draw inward and gather resources for the Winter months ahead. If this element of our being is out of balance it can be very difficult to gather, focus and regroup.
Acupuncture can greatly help you with boosting the immunity as well as balance this element.
2. Balance Emotions, Reduce Stress, Boost Energy
The imbalanced emotional state associated with this season and the metal element is sadness and grief. Acupuncture can be a wonderful tool to help ease up the seasonal 'blues' before and during this season.
As the days get shorter and nights longer it is recommended to get to bed earlier and sleep for longer to gather reserves for the Winter months. Many people have difficulty going to sleep earlier. Acupuncture can be effective at calming the mind and helping induce rest and relaxation.
Acupuncture can also help you to deal with the stress of the upcoming holiday season. The majority of people find the treatments very relaxing. So receiving regular acupuncture treatments will help you experience a smoother holiday season.
3. Alleviate allergic reactions
Acupuncture can also help with the allergic flare ups that frequently occur during this time of year. A few little needles can help a lot with these ailments.
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