The Importance of Acupuncture Seasonal Treatments

Traditionally Chinese Medicine links the changes in nature with our physical and emotional health.

seasonal treatment

Autumn is considered the season of the Lung and Large Intestine; and the Metal element.
In the fall our respiratory system becomes more susceptible to colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis and even pneumonia.
Our digestive transit slows down due to the reduced intake of water and there is a tendency towards constipation.
Emotionally we transition from the open exuberance of summer to a time of pulling inward and gathering together.
Feelings of loss and grief, attributed to the metal element, are more noticeable in the fall.
Receiving a seasonal acupuncture treatment and some nutritional counseling helps transitioning in good health.

Acupuncture and the Immune System

Acupuncture has a strong effect on the immune system. People that receive regular treatments have less colds and allergies.
The activity of natural killer cells and the production of antibodies are enhanced by acupuncture.
Recent research in cancer patients has shown that acupuncture stimulates platelet production and prevents the decrease in white blood cells after chemotherapy and radiation.

 

Beneficial Foods for Fall

Oats

  • Whole oats can help in reducing cholesterol by trapping it and moving it faster through the intestines.
  • Oats stop the oxidation of cholesterol, the process that makes it stick to our arteries.
  • Oats can help prevent colon cancer by binding toxins and acid.
  • Oats help us regulate blood sugar by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates.
  • Oats enhance the immune system by stimulating the production of natural killer cells

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

  • Good source of DHEA, a precursor to many hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone and important for antiaging
  • Contain more beta carotene and vitamin C than carrots.

Apples

  • Rich in pectin, a form of fiber, helps lower cholesterol and prevents colon cancer.

 

References:
Maoshing Ni, The Dao of Nutrition
Pub Med