Fall is here and we all take notice as the weather becomes colder. In Chinese medicine, Fall is often associated with the metal element, which is considered the element that governs the mind.
The Aspects of Fall Are:
- Element: Metal
- Color: White
- Nature: Yin
- Organs: Lung and Large Intestine
- Taste: Spicy
- Emotion: Grief
As per the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, an ancient Chinese medical text:
“Just as the weather in autumn turns harsh, so does the emotional climate. It is therefore important to remain calm and peaceful, refraining from depression so that one can make the transition to winter smoothly. This is the time to gather one’s spirit and energy, be more focused, and not allow desires to run wild. One must keep the lung energy free full, clean, and quiet. This means practicing breathing exercises to enhance lung Qi.”
One of the greatest aspects of traditional Chinese medicine is to use it as a tool to live harmoniously with the seasons. As ancient Chinese physicians observed the natural cycles of the seasons, they found and recorded best practices for staying healthy and harmonizing our own energy with that of our environment. Per their observations for Fall, it’s helpful to set aside time for yourself each day to turn inward, do personal reflection, and organize your home in a loving way that helps you feel prepared for winter.