The season has certainly shifted here in Victoria this past couple weeks, with cooler nights, shorter days and the first leaves yellowing and falling from trees. Now is the time to draw our excited and extroverted summer energy back to our core and begin storing energy. It is also the season to release what is no longer needed, and celebrate what is.
In Chinese Medicine the Fall corresponds to the Metal element and the Lungs and Large Intestine; as well as our ability to sort through what is needed versus what is unnecessary and to explore our ability to both release and receive. It is also a season where emotions and physical ailments related to these energetic patterns can rear their heads; these include the emotions of grief, loss and sadness and physical ailments related to the Lung and Large Intestine.
Considering this, there is no better time to explore the world of herbal medicine to treat ailments related to the above, this can include such things as asthma, sinus infections, low-immunity, allergies, skin disorders like eczema, bowel issues such as constipation, or depression. There are many herbs, such as Inula or Schizandra Berry that do a wonderful job at helping the body to release, receive, and absorb, and thus cleanse, restore and nourish the Lungs and Large Intestine.