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New Season. New Instructions.

Posted Sep 23 2008 8:46pm
It is autumn, or fall as we say here in the States.  Like every other season, fall has it's own unique set of directives with respect to Chinese medicine.  
Fall's corresponding organ is the lungs.  It is imperative that one takes particular care of the lungs throughout the season.  Fall kicks off cold and flu season.  Before I studied Chinese medicine, I always thought this was just a coincidence.  Now I get it.  The lungs manifest in the nose.  Of all of the organ manifestations listed in Chinese medicine, this one makes the most sense since the nose is a portal to the lungs.  It's corresponding color is white and the flavor is pungent.  

So, just how do you care for your lungs during this season?  Here's my short, but effective list:
  1. Practice deep breathing exercises.  In yoga, this is called pranayama.  I recommend taking a class.  Jeanne Heileman at Yogaworks is one of the best in Los Angeles.
  2. Pungent, white foods supplement the lungs.  Mushrooms and jicama are good choices.
  3. Keep your chest open with restorative yoga poses.
  4. And, last but not least, and easier said than done is to avoid sadness as sadness diminishes lung qi.
As always, I look forward to your questions and comments.

Thank you for reading.
Tamara ZumMallen

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