Over the past couple of weeks in Maryland we have started to feel the emergence of fall, which officially started on August 7th according to the traditional Chinese calendar. We have had alternating periods of hot and humid with windy and chilly weather and a booming thunderstorm. I have noticed in my practice more patients suffering from nasal congestion, sneezing, general achiness and fatigue, mild sore throat, and headaches over the past 2 weeks. The fall and spring, both transitional seasons, tend to bring about these and other cold like symptoms, which range in severity and duration depending on the overall health and lifestyle habits of the patient currently and in the previous seasons. I would like to share with you all some of the wisdom from Chapter 2 of the Suwen of the Huangdi Neijing about the fall and some lifestyle choices that will make you healthy and prevent more illness in the winter.
The three months of autumn and called contained and balanced. The qi of heaven quickens and the qi of the earth becomes illuminated. Retire early and rise with the waking of the rooster. Allow the will to be calm and peaceful in order to moderate the punishing energy of autumn. Gather and collect the shen qi, to balance the prevailing qi of autumn. Do not extend the will outwards. Clear and purify lung qi. Nourish that which is gathering to act in accord with the qi of autumn. Going against these principles will harm the lung. In winter, there will be diarrhea with undigested food. The storing power of winter is diminished.
There is a lot of wisdom hidden within these passages, which may be unclear to those with little knowledge of Chinese medicine and philosophy. Here are some practical suggestions and meanings that I have learned and taken from this passage.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy fall. Please feel free to share any questions or comments you may have and any tips you have to stay healthy during the fall season!
Welcome everyone to my new website and blog! Spring is the perfect time of year for new beginnings, and I know this spring has been full of beginnings and growth for me so far!
Chapter 2 of the Suwen in the Huangdi Neijing, which is one of the oldest books about classical Chinese medicine, gives us some valuable insights for the most harmonious actions we can have in the spring time. According to the Neijing, when human beings act in accordance with the natural rhythms of heaven and earth and the cyclical changes of the seasons, there will be optimal health and disease prevention.
"The three months of spring are called 'emerge and display'. Within heaven and earth, all things begin their growth and the ten thousand things emerge to reveal their glory. Sleep when the night falls and arise early in the morning. Stroll around the courtyard with broad, easy steps, and loosen the hair to revive the form of the body. Align the will with the growth of what is new and refrain from killing. Be yielding in your nature, do not force your way. Admire the achievements of the world and do not punish. Nourish life so as to act in accord with the qi of spring. Going against these principles will harm the liver. In summer, there will be illness brought by cold (with improper conduct in the spring). The ability to receive what is maturing (in summer) will be diminished."
So what does this ancient Chinese wisdom mean for us in our modern lives? As this passage describes for us, the energy of the spring is full of new growth and prosperity, and the Neijing is telling us we should be living our lives within the flow of this natural, emerging energy. Here are some ideas for living along these principles for the spring:
What are you all doing to live in accordance with the spring? Stay tuned for my next blog post about spring cleansing for the body!
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