Autumn and Chinese Medicine

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The color of the leaves are changing, the temperature is cooler, and the days are shorter. The trees are dropping their leaves and preparing for winter. In Chinese medicine this season correlates with the Metal Element. The seasons have resonances and the body organs that correspond to the Metal element are the Lung and Colon. It is a time of inspiration and a time of letting go.

We take in the beauty of the season. We can feel inspired. It is a reminder to stop and appreciate. Whatever is going on in your life, stop and take time to find the beauty. It may be as simple as noticing the leaves on the ground. Or the beauty of a rock formation. Be grateful for something or someone in your life. The correlation for the emotion of this season is grief. Autumn invites us to let go of that which is not serving us. Find the gem and let go of the rest. This is a great time of year to clean out a closet and donate clothes you no longer need.

Part of the beauty of acupuncture is it invites us to listen to what our bodies are telling us. The seasons are nature but also speak to us and invite us to be a part of the season. If we listen to what the season tells us and act in accordance with nature, we will find ourselves more in tune with our bodies. Acupuncture can be very helpful when there is not ease within the seasonal change.

Acupuncture FAQ Part 1

Questions I have been asked about acupuncture:

I have always loved to write. I remember I wrote a book when I was in the fourth grade. I loved animals and wanted a horse. So that is what my book was about. I think writing this blog will be fun. (No this will not be about horses).  I hope it will be informative but also enjoyable to read. I also realize how busy school and work are keeping me, so I hope I can write often enough to make this a useful site.

I thought I would just start by sharing a few questions that I have been asked about acupuncture and sharing my thoughts.

What is the scope of potential symptoms and ailments that it can treat?

Acupuncture has been found to be effective for many acute and chronic conditions. It can be effective for headaches, migraines, back, neck pain, joint pain, digestion problems, menstrual problems, pain, fatigue, allergies, insomnia or sleeping problems, anxiety, depression PTSD.  It can be helpful for cancer patient’s as they deal with the effects of treatment. There are studies that show it can be helpful in lowering blood pressure for those with hypertension. This list is not inclusive.

Does it mask or treat underlying issues?

Acupuncture treats the whole person. Energy (qi) moves through the meridians (pathways) throughout the body. We can access this qi at the points that are near the surface. Qi needs to move freely through the meridians. When qi is blocked there is imbalance that can lead to disease. A symptom is an alert the body gives us, so we know something needs attention. Part of acupuncture is helping the person connect with their body. We will treat the symptom but also help find and treat the underlying cause.

How often do you need treatment?

Acupuncture treatment initially will usually be once a week. There are times at first it could be a couple times a week. The frequency helps the treatments be more effective. As treatments progress, the treatments last longer and then can be every 3-4 weeks. The goal is always to treat the problem, so a person does not need acupuncture. Some people will choose maintenance therapy (monthly or seasonal). That can be a personal choice. I personally feel that getting treatment monthly is effective for me as I really need the tune-ups.