Taking Care of Our Lungs During the Fall Season

October 8, 2020

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), fall is connected to the lungs and is at its height of activity during the season. The lungs are associated with emotions such as sadness and grief as well as the metal element. The lungs are partnered with the large intestines and both are responsible for getting rid of toxic byproducts made within the body.

Our respiration provides the body with valuable qi and helps energy circulate around the body nourishing our protective wei qi, our skin, tissues, organs, vessels etc..  The lungs are nourished by its ‘mother’ the spleen/stomach and together they provide valuable nutrition for our body.

Our lungs are tied in with our immune system (from an eastern and western medicine perspective) and right now keeping our immunity strong is probably the biggest thing on all of our minds these days. Taking a deep breath helps reduce tension and stress, it relaxes the nervous system and calms our mind.

How can you strengthen your immunity?

According to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine)

There is a real shift in the environment around us during the fall…the leaves change colour and drop, animals gather and bury their food, the days get cooler, it gets darker earlier and warm sweaters, mitts and hats come out. It is the season when we begin to harvest lots of great root vegetables and start to prepare for the winter to follow. It is thought to be a time when we should still our hearts and minds then gather and collect the spirit and the qi within us. Think of your body like that of a tree…it draws in valuable energy to store for the winter and it lets go of what it doesn’t need (its leaves).

Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.

Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
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About the author

Cindy is a registered acupuncturist, Pilates instructor and holistic nutritionist. Her training in eastern dietary therapy gives her a larger view about the affect foods can have on our body and overall wellness.