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Issue #2016-10b


How to Stay Healthy as we transition into Fall

 
  Fall is the Season of the Lung and Large Intestine Channels. 
 
Fall or autumn is a favorite season for many people. The weather is getting a little cooler, things are starting to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing.....
 
For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people tend to get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don't like that the hours of sunlight decrease steadily, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. 


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fall is the season associated with the lung and large intestine energetic meridians. These 
two meridians work in a symbiotic way to control the immune system from both the inside and outside of your body. 
And if you take good care of these two meridians during the fall, you are bound to feel better throughout the season. Here are some suggestions on how to get through the season of the lung and large intestine channels.
 

First off, start wearing scarves.
The scarves don't have to be thick or heavy, but they should cover the neck. The large intestine channel runs up the arms, across the shoulders, up the neck, over the face and ends next
 to the nose. As many people now know, the health of our gastrointestinal tract plays a big part in our immunity. So
 keeping the large intestine channel warm and preventing exposure from the elements will help to keep you healthy. 
Cold pathogens can enter the body through the pores or nasal cavity. But wrapping the neck and shoulders with a scarf can help ward off the pathogens.
 
Another way to keep the lung and large intestine channels balanced is to eat according to the season.

This means eat foods that are available during the autumn months as well as foods that boost the energy of the lung and large intestine meridians. In the fall, you should eat fewer cold and raw foods like salads and instead you should eat more warm, cooked foods. Utilizing the foods that are available at this time of year is a good practice as well. 

Foods to enjoy during the fall months include apples, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pears, yams, bananas, cabbage, carrots, cranberries, ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and wild rice. Also hot herbal teas are a good addition to your daily diet, especially those containing ginger and lemon, which act as natural antibiotics. 


 

The large intestine and the lungs need to stay moist to function properly. So drinking lots of water is important.

Most people know how important it is to stay hydrated during the summer months, but it is just as vital during the autumn. Without proper hydration the skin, which is controlled by the lung meridian, can become dry and cracked allowing pathogens to easily enter the body. The large intestine meridian needs proper hydration to be able to expel any pathogens that have gotten into the system. So don't forget to drink lots of water during the fall.
 
As we approach the fall months, it is also a good idea to increase your regular acupuncture treatments. There are several acupuncture points that help boost immunity and fight off colds. Why not utilize the natural power that your local licensed acupuncturist has to offer? By doing so, you might just survive the fall without ever getting sick.
 
 
It is best to always have your energy aligned and balanced. To make sure your energy is balanced throughout this fall season here are three acupressure points you should utilize to ensure this. Acupressure is a great way to stay healthy and to balance energy, check out the three points to balance your energy this fall, in the points section to the right.
 
 

 
  
Recipe Corner

Coconut Curry Soup with Apples


This spicy and creamy coconut curry soup is the perfect way to enjoy the tastes of fall and support your immune system at the same time.

The tart apples are mellowed with the richness of the potatoes and shiitakes while the spices give this soup a little kick.

You can buy already made curry powders or blend one yourself. Because so many nutrients are found in the skins of potatoes and apples, you don't have to peel them.
 

 
 
INGREDIENTS:  
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 2 small apples, cubed into small pieces (I like the more tart apples like McIntosh)
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed into small pieces (I like Yellow Finn potatoes)
  • 1 quart vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk Salt to taste (I added about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 handfuls fresh shiitakes, cut into quarters (If using dry shiitakes, re-hydrate the mushrooms in hot water and then cut to size)
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION:
  1. Begin by melting the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the minced onion and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add the fresh ginger, curry powder, and freshly ground pepper. Stir for one minute or until the spices are fragrant.
  4. Add the apples, potatoes, broth, and coconut milk. The liquids should just cover the potatoes and apples.
  5. Bring it to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  7. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, purée the soup until smooth.
  8. Return the soup to the pan and add the shiitakes.
  9. Simmer for 10 minutes or until shiitakes are cooked. Stir frequently.
  10. Add salt and pepper as desired. Optional parsley for garnish.
Makes four large servings.

 


The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Acupressure Points 
3 Points to Balance Your Energy this Fall
It is best to always have your energy aligned and balanced. To make sure your energy is balanced throughout this fall season here are three acupressure points you should utilize to ensure this. Acupressure is a great way to stay healthy and to balance energy, check out these points!


Large Intestine 4 (LI4)

  Function:
A reliever of headaches and tense muscles, LI 4 is a great point to use to balance energy. In addition to making sure you are balanced it promotes healthy bowel functionality throughout the body. LI 4, is referred to as He Gu, or the "Adjoining Valleys." It is the point where energy cleanses the body and clears out what is no longer needed, this point clears the system and replenishes Qi.

Location: 


Position your left hand flat with your palm down, now squeeze your thumb and index finger together, locate a fleshy mound that appears between the two fingers and press on this point with your right thumb above and index finger below.

Large Intestine 11 (LI11)

Function: 
  To relieve pain within your arm, shoulder or elbow use this acupressure point. LI 11 also regulates the digestive tract and the blood, in ad dition, this point cools heat and alleviates dampness.

Location:

LI 11, the earth point of the large intestine meridian, is located at the crease of your elbow. To find this point bend your elbow in a 90-degree angle, place your thumb on the outside of the elbow crease a
nd press.

Lung 2 (LU2)

Function:
Yu Men, or the Gateway of Gathering Clouds is the gateway where we are able to receive fresh sunshine, the rain and cloudy days. This point is very useful for balancing energy when you are overwhelmed
with stress, it calms the body.

Location:



To find LU 2, locate the area above the collarbone where it meets the shoulder blade, at this location there should be a depression, apply pressure there to harness the balancing powers of this acupressure point.
 
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