Once again, Autumn brings us cooler weather and seasonal foods like apricots, apples and butternut squash. Pumpkin pie and soup will be on the menu soon too! As we look around we find there are projects to finish and maybe a garden to harvest. It is important to finish up these more physical, outdoor projects during Autumn, so you can move on to the more introspective pursuits of winter.

According to Asian medicine, Autumn corresponds to the element of Metal, which governs organization, communication, the mind, and the emotions, particularly grief, worry and sorrow. If you are experiencing an excessive amount of grief or worry you could probably use an acupuncture “tune up” to help bring yourself back into balance

The Lung and Large Intestine are the internal organs related to Autumn. (We capitalize organs when discussing the Asian Medicine function of that organ). For those who suffer with weak lungs or poor digestion this is the time to take a little extra care. Breathing, elimination, mental health, back and neck pain, and being more susceptible to flu and cold viruses are all indicators of Lung and Large Intestine imbalance.

One of the ways you can take care of your Lung and Large Intestine is with wholesome food that is appropriate to the season. This includes nuts, beans, whole grains, avocados, mushrooms, lots of vegetables and small quantities of meat. Try to have at least one whole grain such as oats, brown rice, or quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) each day. Foods to avoid include sugar, flour products, and chemical additives. Good vegetables in the Fall include squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions. Enjoy the cooler weather and warmer food.