08:27 08:27

Autumn’s Energetics–The Season Of The Metal Element

By |2018-09-13T13:36:28+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: April's Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Autumn’s Energetics–The Season Of The Metal Element

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Autumn’s arrival shifts the Qi that had been expanding outward (Yang) in the Summer to begin to shift inward (Yin).  We glide through Late Summer at the equinox and then slide into Autumn–the season of Yin within Yang.  Of the 5 Elements, Autumn is the season that corresponds to the Metal element.

Autumn is the time of harvest and a time to start storing to prepare for Winter’s cold. After shedding their leaves or ripened fruits and seeds, plants die back or their energy retreats to their roots. Appropriately, Autumn’s abundant food is perfectly suited to help our body’s Qi move inward. This allows our bodies to have greater energy to fend off common ailments, a chance to replenish and provide the opportunity to embrace the season’s delights.  During this season, I encourage clients to use foods and tonic herbs like ginseng and rhodiola (if they aren’t treating disharmonies where tonics are contraindicated) to help strengthen the body for the upcoming colder months.

Autumn is a wonderful time to clear out old habits that we no longer need–letting go of that which harms us.  It’s a good to time to consolidate and begin storing energy.  This might include resting more, or adjusting your exercise–take long walks, practice T’ai Chi or Qigong and include meditation into your routine.  

Like all of the 5 Elements, each season has numerous correspondences that Chinese medicine practitioners use to identify patterns in clients, both physical and mental, emotion.  Let’s look at a few major correspondence of Autumn.

Autumn Correspondences

Season Autumn
Element Metal
Color White and metallic
Sound Sighing
Climate Dry
State of growth Decline
Odor Rotten
Flavor Pungent
Yin organ & time Lungs: 3-5am
Yang organ & time Colon: 5-7am
Body tissue Skin
Sense organ Nose
Emotion Grief and longing
Soul Corporal
Vice Obsession with physical appearance
Virtue  Inspiration and […]

09:15 09:15

The Nutrient Qi Cycle

By |2018-05-25T12:19:56+00:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Nutrient Qi Cycle

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Ever wonder why some physical complaints seem to pop up at a certain time?

Understanding the Nutrient Qi Cycle or Cycle of Tides might be helpful.

Qi (pronounced “chee”), a key concept in Chinese medicine, is as immaterial as a thought or as dense as a table. Ever changing, Qi moves from material to immaterial and vice versa, sometimes very quickly and sometimes very slowly.  When looking at the body, there are many flows of Qi, and we identify and name each based on what it is currently doing–its function rather than its structure.

The Nutrient Qi cycle is just one of the main flows of qi in the body.  This rhythmic flow circulates Qi, Blood and Fluids  in an orderly 2 hour sequence from one organ channel to the next throughout the entire day.  Understanding this flow can be helpful in creating greater wellness and  in identifying disharmonies that  seems to happen at a particular time. Whether you wake up every morning at 3 am, or feel tired at 2 pm in the afternoon can be an indicator of an imbalance in this flow.

In the Nutrient Qi cycle is the energetic flow that occurs along the 12 primary channels or meridians in a constant ebb and flow.  The cycle begins at 3 am starting in the Lung channel flowing as follows:

Lungs: 3-5am– Wonderful time to get up and breathe or meditate (5ish). It is not uncommon for people with Liver and Lung issues to pop awake at 3am, simply because the Qi is having difficulties jumping from Liver 14, below the nipple line on the chest to Lung 1 below the clavicle. Coughing may be worse at this time for those with allergies and asthma.

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