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Metal of the Five Elements

As we find ourselves in the midst of this slow to arrive Autumn – I’d like to share some ancient insights about this season and how it relates to our lives, health, emotions and nutrition.

In 5 element theory – there are seasons, organ systems, emotions, foods/ flavors and specific body tissues that relate to each element.

Autumn is the time of Metal. Which relates to our Lungs and Large Intestine. The health of these energy systems is reflected in our skin and hair as well as the balance of our emotion grief, lung function and elimination.

Since these organ systems are tasked with elimination – this is a good time for detoxification of the emotions and body as we prepare for the winter season – Water.

The colour of the Metal element is white and the flavor is pungent (acrid, spicy, hot & aromatic) – therefore, at this time, consuming pungent foods of white colour are well received by our bodies – radish, turnip, parsnip, white pepper, garlic, leek. These vegetables mixed into a warm soup with rice is a good choice.

The metal season is a time to go inward to rediscover our true selves. It’s also a good time to recast & remold ourselves, return to our origin, affirm or discover our self-worth and work on our balance between strength and flexibility.

This is a time to heal, let go of feelings of loss and grief and appreciate the beauty of life.

There are many ways to support and balance our bodies with Traditional Chinese Medicine/ acupuncture which leads to improved physical and emotional health as well as appearance (as in skin and hair quality).

Using many effective modalities such as; cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, massage, herbs, ear magnet treatment, acupuncture and food therapy – one is able to detox, improve health conditions and live in better harmony with the seasons.

Book an appointment with Renee Osborne R.TCMP, R.Ac

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