By Katie Kuhn
Seasonal changes are an integral part of Chinese Medicine, both for our physical and mental health. Fall means pumpkin spice and football, but it is also a time of transition inward. Fall is the start of the yin cycle and is associated with the lung and large intestine, the metal organs. The lung and large intestine work together, taking in the pure and eliminating waste. If they don’t work properly, we have coughs, wheezing, congestion, constipation, diarrhea and IBS. Our minds may also become cluttered and congestion, leading to feelings of negativity, isolation and resentment. Metal corresponds to “letting go” and grief. The lung is the organ of grief, and losses throughout the year can hit us hard in autumn.
The lungs control our wei qi, or our defense against pathogens. The transition to fall is when our wei qi is weaker and we are more susceptible to colds and flu. Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and qi gong can keep you happy and healthy during the fall. If you are prone to getting sick, acupuncture can help give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off those germs. If you are coming down with something, call at the first sign of sickness. Acupuncture may help keep you from getting sick or lessen the severity of your illness.
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If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture, contact Katie Kuhn at Huron Point Acupuncture or schedule an appointment today at huronpointacupuncture.com or find a Board Certified acupuncturist at NCCAOM.org/find-a-provider-directory.
Katie Kuhn is an acupuncturist and owner of Huron Point Acupuncture in Port Huron, Michigan. She is board certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine and has Masters Degrees’ from New York Chiropractic College. She is a member of the Blue Water Chamber, the Young Professionals and the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM). She enjoys swimming, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband Brian (Frey) and son Brody.