Within the art of Chinese medicine, each weather season is believed to correspond with a particular organ system.
The cooler autumn months correlate with our Ying Organs – our lungs, and it is believed that this is why there are so many colds and coughs present throughout this time of year.
As our lungs are already susceptible to dryness and congestion at the best of times, it’s particularly important to take care of our respiratory system during this upcoming autumn.
Here are our top three tips to do so, and to ensure optimal health for both you and your loved ones.
Taking a brisk walk during the cooler months is an excellent way to strengthen your lungs by breathing in that fresh, crisp air. Where possible, stretch your chest while walking in order to open up your ribcage and breathe right into your diaphragm.
Eat the right foods
As the weather cools down, it’s important to ensure your vitamin and mineral intake is appropriate for your body’s needs. When the air is cool, the human body hugely benefits from hearty meals such as soup and stews, which also assist in digestion. Be sure to incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices into your diet. We highly recommend garlic, ginger and onion.
Avoid excess dryness
While this may seem obvious to some, it is vital that you stay hydrated during the autumn months, avoid overusing heating elements such as stoves and fireplaces, and utilise a humidifier where necessary.
As we head into the warmer months, many of us are feeling the effects of the extra calories we have consumed over winter. If you’re keen to shed a few kilos in time for summer, consider these 3 ways that Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you lose the winter weight.
Cleanse the body
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the liver, and just as we spring clean our homes, we also need to spring clean our body.
A simple diet of fresh fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to detoxify your digestive system and start you on your way to losing weight. Try to include vitamin rich greens like alfalfa, asparagus, broccoli, lettuces, celery, fennel, cucumber and collard and reduce your consumption of coffee, alcohol, starches and sugar.
Chinese herbal medicine can be incredibly helpful to aid in weight loss. Herbal medicines are tailored to your individual needs, and different combinations of herbs can influence different factors.
Herbal medicines are intended help promote balance and better health, however they may help to stabilise hunger, improve your energy, and enhance your immune system – all important to be mindful of when losing weight.
In conjunction with healthy diet and exercise, acupuncture can be a great addition to your weight loss plan.
For many people who experience difficulty losing weight, excessive hunger can be one of the biggest challenges. Acupuncture therapy can used to stimulate the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which regulates hormones and balances hunger levels.
Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can put an end to stress eating. Less stress can also work to control the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone which is responsible for stubborn fat deposits predominantly stored around the abdominal area.
For further guidance on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can assist you to lose weight, please contact us today.