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Autumn leaves on a pathwayEach season is associated with different organs and elements. Fall is the season of the lungs and large intestine and the element of metal, which governs organization, communication, order and boundary setting. The yin energy becomes dominant as days grow shorter and the weather becomes colder. So it’s a natural time to slow down, become more introspective and create more order in your life.

The lungs are viewed as the ‘tender’ organ in Chinese medicine because they are the uppermost organ in the body and very susceptible to being adversely affected by cold and wind. Therefore it’s important to dress warmly and protect yourself from getting chilled. They also control the Wei-Chi which is the defensive energy on the surface of the body, rather like the auric field. I find that doing some vigorous deep breathing in the morning and at times throughout the day helps to invigorate this auric chi.

Lungs also are connected to the emotions of grief, sorrow and nostalgia, which are part of our human experience and not to be avoided. Grief that is fully processed can be strengthening. It can also awaken a sense of deep compassion for self and others.

The large intestine is paired with the lungs and represents our capacity to let go of what is no longer needed, just as leaves of hardwoods fall to the ground and decompose. So releasing whatever we might be hanging onto in both body and mind is a good practice along with making sure that our elimination is regular. Balancing the microbiome in the gut is also vital for a healthy immune system.

Come in for an autumn acupuncture session to strengthen the lungs, intestine, and immune system and receive a 15% discount until Dec. 21.

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INDIAN SUMMER —The Fifth Season

INDIAN SUMMER | The Fifth Season | Yellow squashAs summer slowly shifts into autumn, we move through a transitional phase regarded as a season of its own in Chinese medicine. While summer is the season of fire and heat, Indian Summer features the earth element which governs the spleen and stomach. This is the time when kids return to school and cooler mornings and evenings calm the sun’s heat, which can still be quite intense during the afternoon. The final harvest of grains and grapes takes place in this fifth season before the chill of fall sets in, so we could also call it the time of bread and wine.

If our body’s earth element is imbalanced, there may be digestive problems which can throw all the other body systems off because digestion is so central to our wellbeing. Worry and stress, so predominant now with the world’s chaos, can seriously affect digestion.

Also consider the ways you are nurturing yourself. Types of food are of course important along with eating what’s in season, such as all of the squashes ripening now with their beautiful orange and yellow colors that are attributed to the earth element.

You can also nourish yourself by directly connecting to the earth element. Try laying on the ground and feel how you are held by our mothering earth. Or try gardening and getting your hands directly in the earth so you can absorb the beneficial soil microbes that enhance immunity. Walking barefoot on the earth is another popular form of grounding.

Indian Summer is a good time to reconsider your diet and to tune-up the digestive system with acupuncture or holistic health. Poor food choices and sluggish digestion can derail your health, so come in for a session of acupuncture or holistic health at a 15 % discount until Oct.1st.

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Summer is approaching!

decorative photo of flower with sunbreaks behind itSummer is approaching! In Chinese medicine, this season is associated with the Heart, the fire element and Yang outgoing energies. It’s the time when we feel the urge to travel, leave behind the familiar and the routine and open to new adventures and people. Now with the pandemic shutdown easing in some places, many of us are longing to travel to see family and friends from whom we’ve been separated during the past year or to venture out boldly into nature.

The Heart’s natural emotion is joy, but if the fire element is imbalanced, there may be symptoms of mania, agitation, heart disorders and insomnia. To maintain wellbeing and harmony with nature in summer, it is suggested that we eat ‘cooling’ yin foods, such as leafy greens, vegetables and juicy fruits like melons, all of which are in season.

For a heartful and harmonious start to summer, come in for a special acupuncture or holistic health session at a 15 % discount, good now until July 4th. Call 858-755-5215 to schedule your appointment.

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Cherry BlossomsSpring greetings from Inner Balance. It’s the season of the liver, the organ associated with spring in Chinese medicine. The liver is also regarded as the general of the body and subordinate to the ruler, which is the heart. According to TCM, the liver houses the will and if toxic it may hold onto anger and resentment. So spring is a very good time to tonify and cleanse the liver with veggies like beets and artichokes and green juices, along with occasional apples. You could even forage for nettle and dandelion and make a spring tonic and cleansing tea for the liver, and drink it while focusing on letting go of any stuck energy in that area.

Since the liver is responsible for 500 functions in the body and is the main detoxification system, it’s important to keep the liver healthy. So we’re offering a special spring acupuncture tune-up or holistic health consultation for a 15% discount until May 1st. Call 858-7555-5215 to make an appointment. Happy Spring!

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Good Fortune for Chinese New Year’s

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The year of the Yang WaterTiger has arrived. Deep roar to all. The organ associated with this sign is the kidneys, which in Chinese medicine stores the Jing or our ancestral energy of longevity. The kidneys are called the ‘root of life’, so this is a good year to strengthen the kidneys that also govern our ability to self-heal and recover from injury. Come in for a 15% discount on an acupuncture treatment to nurture and restore these primal kidney energies. Rejuvenate your Jing power.

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