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Autumn the season of the element Metal

Autumn the season of the element Metal

The lung (energy) often needs some extra attention during this period. Our therapist Annette Brenters wrote an interesting piece about it:


The transition from Earth to Metal
The leaves are turning colors and falling from the trees, it is getting colder, the wind is picking up. It is autumn.
And what a special autumn we are having this year.
It is still warm, but also very humid. It seems like late summer just can’t seem to say goodbye.
Autumn is the time of the Metal element with the important organ being the Lung with the Lung energy.

The lungs are our gatekeeper to keep out viruses, bacteria as well as harmful substances.

  • Especially at this time of year, the lungs are especially sensitive.
  • Do you catch a cold easily?
  • Every virus that comes along seems to affect you.
  • Always tired.
  • Short of breath, stuffy, coughing.
  • Easy irritated skin, eczema.
  • Frequent sinus problems or a stuffy or runny nose.
  • Weak voice, no desire to talk.
  • Prone to fall depression or quickly emotional/out of balance.

Do 2 or more of the above symptoms sound familiar to you? Then there is a good chance that you have low lung energy.

Time to boost your immune system and your long energy

Acupuncture can help with this. By treating strengthening points, the lung energy becomes stronger and your resistance will improve.

But you do a lot by yourself.
Exercise is good, but don’t overdo it. Go outside. Walking, cycling, going into the woods to take a nice autumn walk is all good to strengthen the lung energy. Do not go to extremes, this will demand more energy than you receive and will weaken your lung energy even further.
We can also feed the lung energy with food. Warming products such as pumpkin, carrot, broccoli, sweet potato, (stewed) pears, chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, garlic and ginger are all foods that help us to nourish the lung energy.
Autumn is also the time of year when acupuncture can do a lot for the lung energy. By now feeding and reinforcing the lung energy, the resistance will improve, but acupuncture can also be used very well for complaints such as allergies and hay fever.

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