The air turns crisp, the harvest comes in, and the celebrations begin. What’s not to like about Fall? For some people, Fall can mean allergies and hay fever. For other folks, the shorter days can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and increased symptoms of depression. The change of seasons can play havoc on our immune systems as well, causing us to get sick. Let’s look at some ways acupuncture can help avoid the downside of Fall.
1. Feeling Better During Autumn
Using acupuncture to boost your immune system is a great way to keep yourself feeling better this Fall. You can get relief from many allergy symptoms through a treatment. Using the time-tested wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your acupuncturist will focus on the energetic pathways of the large intestine and lung during this time of year. Start your Autumn treatments a few weeks before the season starts, if possible, for maximum relief.
2. Care for Your Emotions in Fall
Fall is a time for reflection, as we consider the upcoming end of the year. This introspection can lead to feelings of grief and sadness. Using acupuncture treatments to regulate hormones and keep negative emotions at bay is a great coping strategy if you are prone to depression during this time of year. Use treatments to help with sleep issues associated with SAD. You may notice a restful or relaxed state is easier to come by as your mind becomes calmer through regular acupuncture sessions.
3. Coping with Holiday Stress
There is a tendency towards stress as the holiday season approaches. The constant barrage of things to do can be very stressful as we strive to spend time with family and friends and bring meaning to the season. Don’t go around feeling frazzled visit your acupuncturist on a regular basis leading up to the end of the year.
4. Self-Care Through the Fall
There are some things you can do for yourself in addition to your regular acupuncture visits. Help to strengthen your lungs and your ability to process feelings of grief by practicing meditation and deep breathing. Taking a walk and filling your lungs with crisp, clean air will help to strengthen them and will help to ward off feelings of sadness or depression. Cleaning your home and finding things to donate may support your sense of organization and charity during the last months of the year. Letting go of the old allows you to take hold of what the new year will bring.
5. Eat Right for the Season
Experiment with spicy and pungent foods to support your lungs and immune system this time of year. Eat plenty of garlic, ginger, black pepper, chilis, cinnamon, cardamom, and mustard greens to satisfy your spicy palate. Indulge in pungent sauerkraut, vinegar, yogurt, grapefruit, walnuts, and pears to support your lung health.
Employ these strategies and enjoy a season full of gratitude and giving. On the journey to wellness, rely on Traditional Chinese Medicine to keep you feeling relaxed and well throughout the year. Book your appointments in advance to make sure you’re in top shape for fall!