As the last leaves make their journey to the ground, have you stopped to appreciate Fall as a time of exhilaration and transformation?
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season has different associations such as time of day, yin and yang organ pair, sound, color, emotions, environmental factor, sense organ, body tissue and both positive and negative personality traits.
Following is a description of these factors and how to use them to achieve better physical and emotional well-being during the Fall Season.
The large intestine meridian runs through the face; therefore, Chinese Medicine believes the best way to prevent wrinkles is to take good care of your colon. Getting enough fiber (though Chinese Medicine favors cooked vegetables over raw salads, particularly during cold months), avoiding diuretics such as coffee which tend to dry out the body, drinking sufficient room temperature or warm water, incorporating healing foods which moisten the intestine such as sesame or hemp seeds (or stronger individualized Chinese herbal formulas), and receiving facial rejuvenating acupuncture on a regular basis are all excellent beauty enhancing strategies. This is why many modern day acupuncturists, including myself, specialize in cosmetic treatments which can lessen wrinkles and improve collagen production.
For a “wind-cold” type cold characterized by thin, watery, clear mucous, mild chills, fatigue, and sneezing, boiling up a strong batch of fresh ginger tea may kick it right out. To do this slice up a piece of ginger (after scrubbing thoroughly or peeling) into 20 or more 1/4 inch. slices, pour 3 cups of water over it, bring to full boil, then reduce down to a moderate boil. Keep checking the tea by using your sense of smell to tell when the water has reduced down to a very pungent, gingery decoction. You may want to add more slices and more water as you go along and until about 1 1/2-2cups cups of tea remains. Sip down 1/2 cup slowly at least 3x/ day. Drink the final dose an hour before bed. Then, take a hot shower or bath, dress in extra warm clothes, add an extra blanket to your bed, go to bed early and try to sweat out your cold. You should awake feeling much relieved the next day.
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Kelly Clady-Giramma, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. is a local practitioner of Chinese Medicine who trained for many years in San Francisco as well as China. Kelly offers acupuncture, herb consults, and both individual and group qigong lessons out of the newly opened Boundless Fitness and Wellness Center in West Stockbridge. Boundless is located above the Shaker Mill Tavern at 5 Albany Rd. Kelly can be reached at (541) 224-4014 for questions or to set up an appointment at either her West Stockbridge or Manhattan practices.