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Weathering The Seasons: Late Summer—Early Fall

It’s important to help your body adapt as seasonal conditions change throughout the year. Oriental Medicine knows how to do that.

We know about ‘seasonal energy’ from a common-sense point of view.

We know when to take out and put away our seasonal clothing. We know about ‘spring cleaning.’ We know about ‘winterizing’ our homes and cars. But we don’t normally connect our body’s needs to the season, except when it gets too hot or too cold.

By applying commonsense things you already know about the seasons to your health, you may be surprised by how much more energy you’ll have year round, while greatly reducing your vulnerability to colds, flu and other seasonal discomforts.

Your Body In Autumn

Of all the seasonal changes of the year, the change from Summer to Autumn is the most complex, because there are more energy interactions occurring than usual.

Fall is primarily the time to strengthen the Lungs in preparation for Winter.

Rebuilding Heart and Kidney energy is also important because their energy gets depleted over the course of the Summer. Usually the hottest weather is where the challenges are the greatest to the Heart and Kidneys.

So to the extent you’ve experienced very hot weather over the Summer, to that extent your Heart and Kidney energy has been depleted and needs to be replenished.

In addition to these key organs, the Digestive system also needs support as we move into Fall.

While the Digestive system generally needs a boost at the end of each season, this is especially important in Autumn because your body needs to be as able as possible to digest and absorb nutrients as it prepares for Winter. 

Oriental Medicine helps your body weather seasonal challenges to your health.

It’s Time to Get Antsy

Summer is the time to get in touch with your ‘Inner Ant’ and start strengthening your Lungs and Immune System. Don’t get caught in the cold like Grasshopper!

(Read about The Ant and the Grasshopper.)


For Everything There Is A Season

♫ ♪♩... A time to build ... and a time to rebuild ... your body’s organs ... season-by-season …. as your life continues to ... turn … turn … turn … turn … This is the season to learn … learn … learn … learn … that which helps you stay healthy ... and that which is best to be avoided ... ♫ ♪♩ (Apologies to Pete Seeger)


You know your car needs periodic maintenance … make sure to schedule a tuneup for your body too.


Healthy Insights

If HEALTH were measured in dollars it would be easy to see when you’re spending too much. Conscious living pays dividends.

Oriental Medicine rebuilds energy used up by the end of a season & prepares your body for next season—while keeping you balanced today.

It’s important to help your body adapt as seasonal conditions change throughout the year. Oriental Medicine knows how to do that.

Late-Summer (Earth energy) affects Digestion. As the Harvest unfolds the body wants to gain weight & nutrients to prepare for Winter.

Health is the first wealth ~ Emerson

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Being Consistent—Being Healthy

Garden peony ... consistently beautiful

When it comes to healthy living, consistency is an important habit to cultivate.

Your body requires consistency just to stay alive:

  • Consistent food and water.
  • Consistent rest.
  • Consistent hygiene.
  • And then there are illness-preventing habits you can develop through consistency that help you thrive—a few of them are:

  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Exercising in a healthy way.
  • Keeping your body’s energy strong and flowing.
  • (Traditionally, in the West we have not had a specific way of keeping the body’s energy strong and flowing, but we do now that acupuncture, Five Element diet & nutrition, Chinese medicinal herbs and Chi Kung are readily available in many places.)

    Consistency is the Way
    Practicing consistency is what the Japanese call ‘Do’ and the Chinese call ‘Tao’; both meaning “The Way.” And from an Oriental Medicine point of view, practicing consistency is “The Way of Health.”

    Healthy Consistency Prevents Illness
    When you treat your body with healthy consistency you’re putting yourself in a position where you can better prevent illness. This is the opposite of the mindset that says—implicitly or explicitly—”I’ll just deal with whatever comes up when it happens.”—a health plan fraught with potential surprises.

    Once we establish a consistent rhythm of healthy habits and attitudes we set a momentum in motion which carries us into a healthier, happier life.

    Staying Healthy in Summer

    Summer Garden

    Every season is associated with one of the Five Elements, and for Summer, the element is ‘Fire.’

    Summer weather is typically hot, and relatively damp. For example, the muggy feeling you experience during Summer comes from heat causing dampness to condense and rise as it gets hotter. As on the outside, so too on your inside: in summertime, there is a tendency for dampness to accumulate within your body.

    The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”


    Summer Health Problems

    During Summer, some typical heat-related problems are: headaches, rashes, and feelings of irritation.

    For example: blood pressure may rise from too much heat trapped in the body causing headaches. Damp-induced blister rashes, or boils can erupt on the skin. And an over-heated Heart and Liver can make you feel irritated.

    Summer Health Tips

    It’s important to drink enough water and eat the right foods to ensure you’re meeting your body’s Summertime needs.

    • Drink more water. Because it’s hot and you perspire a lot during the Summer, the average amount of water you should drink in a 24-hour period is 48 ounces; this includes all fluids, such as, juice, soda, and other beverages. (Note: 48 ounces is the equivalent of 6 eight ounce glasses.)

    When you are sweating more than usual, drinking more is advisable. It’s important to pay attention to how you feel, and drink more when you’re thirsty.

    • Monitor your intake of salt.An imbalance of salt in your body—too much, or too little— can readily occur when temperatures are hot.

    You will know you’re getting too much salt if you find that rings you wear get tighter; and socks or shoes that fit you comfortably during cooler weather, leave lines or wrinkles on your feet or ankles because of too much fluid in those areas.

    • Eat cooling foods. Cucumbers, mung beans, mung bean sprouts and watermelon are particularly good foods to eat in the Summer. They help keep your body cool, and because of their diuretic properties, they also help offset excess salt intake.

    ... and REMEMBER


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