By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - October 22, 2023
Categories: General

As the vibrant colors of summer gradually fade into the warm hues of autumn, nature offers us a beautiful reminder of the ever-changing cycles of life. Just as the trees shed their leaves and prepare for the colder months, our bodies and minds also undergo a transition during this season. Drawing inspiration from the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we can embrace the autumn with grace and vitality. 

Harmonizing with Nature’s Rhythm: Yin and Yang

Autumn marks a shift from the expansive, yang energy of summer to the contracting, yin energy of fall. Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes the importance of aligning our internal energies with the external environment to maintain balance. Just as the days become shorter and cooler, it’s a time to gradually slow down and turn inward. Incorporate warming foods like soups, stews, and cooked grains to support your body’s transition to a more yin state. Sipping on herbal teas infused with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom can also help stoke your internal fire. 

Nourishing the Metal Element: Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to an element and its associated organs. Fall is associated with the metal element, which governs the lung and large intestine meridians. To support these organs, focus on deep breathing exercises, meditation, and mindfulness practices. This helps strengthen lung function and promote emotional well-being. Incorporate pungent flavors like onions, garlic, and radishes into your meals to help clear the lungs and large intestine, promoting healthy digestion and elimination.

Balancing Emotions: Letting Go and Grief

Autumn is a time of shedding and release, much like the trees letting go of their leaves. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs are linked to the emotion of grief. As we bid farewell to summer, it’s natural to experience a sense of loss. Allow yourself to acknowledge and process these emotions. Journaling and engaging in creative activities can help with this. Acupuncture and herbal remedies can also offer support in maintaining emotional equilibrium during this season. 

Harnessing the Energy of Autumn: Qi-Building Activities

As the energy of the natural world turns inward, autumn is an opportune time to focus on cultivating and conserving your own energy reserves. Engage in gentle, grounding exercises like tai chi or restorative yoga to help circulate and store vital qi. Spend time in nature, taking leisurely walks amid the falling leaves, and reflect on the intentions you’d like to set for the coming months. 

Just as autumn invites us to embrace change and transition, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers us a profound framework for harmonizing our bodies and minds with the shifting seasons. By nourishing our organs, balancing our emotions, and embracing self-care practices, we can gracefully flow into fall and make the most of this transformative time. As you sip your herbal tea, remember that Traditional Chinese Medicine provides a roadmap for thriving during the autumn – a season of both letting go and embracing new beginnings. 

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.