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Fire Is Waning

It’s late summer, with hints of Autumn in the air. In 5 Element terms: Fire is waning, Earth is ascending for a brief period, before we head into Metal season of Autumn. This means we still need to be conscientious about heat-related vulnerabilities in the Heart and Kidneys, and start rebuilding them—especially the Kidneys since their main season is coming up in Winter.

Hopefully you’ve spent the summer strengthening your Lungs so that they’re ready to channel the energy Autumn brings to them. If you have Lung-related weakness, it’s a good idea to use acupuncture & acupressure, specific Chinese medical herbs, and Lung-focused Chi Kung to avoid Lung-related illnesses this Autumn.
Also, every time we move to a new season, there is a short period where the digestive system will be energized, which, at this time of year, may make you vulnerable to heat-related problems that specifically affect the digestive system:

A few examples include:

  • Too much acid in the stomach.
  • Mouth problems like bleeding gums, and cracked corners of the mouth.
  • Heartburn.
  • What You Can Do
    Just start noticing what’s happening with you. Obviously, take note of any acute, or chronic symptoms you’re experiencing, and also look for relationships and patterns related to the things you do—like diet, exercise, work—and how you feel as a result.

    Pay attention to your health. For example, during late-August through September, some questions to ask yourself are:

  • “Is my digestive system in good shape?”
  • “Am I feeling bloated much of the time?”
  • ‘Are my bowels moving regularly?”
  • “Is my stomach upset more than usual?”
  • “Am I having a problem with heartburn?”
  • “Do my teeth seem sensitive all of a sudden?”
  • These types of problems are more likely to happen now, in late-Summer, early-Fall—especially if you have weak digestive organs.

    Watch what you eat. What you eat plays a major role in how you feel. Some dietary considerations to be aware of include:

  • Make sure you don’t have too much heat in your diet; the digestive system prefers bland food, not spicy.
  • Moderate your intake of foods like salsa, garlic, and raw onions.
  • This is not a good time for drinking alcohol—so be moderate.
  • If you need help with any of the symptoms listed above, or want to know more: email Kitty.

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    IMPORTANT: All information on this Web site is provided for educational use only and not meant to substitute for the advice of a local Oriental Medicine practitioner, biomedical doctor, experienced coach, or martial arts instructor.