the "mini" season between summer & fall can be a game-changer if you work it right
There are five elements in Chinese Medicine, and each one is associated with a season:
In TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) and daoist philosophies, the Earth element is the center of of the five elements and is the base everything is built upon. So this associated season can be one of the most powerful places to start to maintain your health. The earth element is also said to nourish the muscles in the body, so this is a great time to make some changes if you are dealing with stiffness, fatigue, or chronic pain related to muscle injuries.
To honor this season and your body there are a number of things you can do to harmonize with Late Summer:
So don't just let this time of year pass you by unnoticed. Take your health to heart and give yourself some nourishment as we head into fall and you'll breeze through cold and flu season easily. And to my fellow Texans, I can't wait to see y'all outside on the porch now that this brutal summer is winding down!
Bret Kyle Rogers, L.Ac.
Texas based acupuncturist, qigong teacher, and herbalist demystifying Chinese medicine.