Living on planet earth, we are constantly traveling in our universe, moving closer or further away from the sun. This movement is seen with the changing seasons. Depending on the time of the year, we enter the sun’s light at different times each morning. In fact, it is not the sun that rises, as the saying goes, but it is us who bath in its light as we come into its space.
The sun governs all life by its photon emanations and heat, acting on the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire. When the elements combine, they generate atmospheric fluctuations that affect our every day life.
These same elements are found in the body and function differently depending on the season.
While the summer is governed by the powerful action of Fire, the autumn is governed by the element of Air. After the summer holidays, when we return to work, we are under the influence of Air, which is associated with the sense of smell. It is time to put yourself into action to re-discover your masculine or feminine inspiration. Take a new breath, feel yourself to have a better organization and follow your own inspirations.
The meridians associated with the autumn are those of the lungs-colon family. Lungs and colon govern the breath and organization, respectively. The sense of smell allows us to recognize ourselves in its subtle expression, as if to allow “our scent” to accomplish our daily tasks.
If these meridians are well balanced, the change of season will potentiate them. It’s a period of “wellness”, a time of happiness, which allows the rediscovery and the animation of all the masculine and feminine sensibilities and to live in abundance of the fall.
If the meridians are imbalanced, you will see the recurrence of the same problems each year. Some of the possible issues include a loss of confidence, a lack of inspiration, a loss of control that results in muscle spasms, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis and joint pains. To protect against these, the meridians associated with the fall must be awakened and activated.
The Power Foods of the Season
Proper nutrition is one way to help in this season. Nature always provides bounty that nourishes our needs at different times of the year. In the fall, it’s time to fill up with vitamin C to help enter the season with peace of mind.
Fruits such as kiwis, oranges, clementines, lemons, grapefruits, apples, pears, blackcurrants, blueberries and blackberries are all good sources of vitamin C.
The grape, for example, is the fruit that contributes both to tonus and energy with its vitamins and minerals, such as potassium. The black grape is usually richer in vitamins than the white variety. Grapes fibers also help with intestinal balance. Because they are difficult to digest, it’s best to avoid the seeds.
The autumn is a good time for detoxification, especially of the colon, and therefore having more green vegetables, which are rich in fiber, is helpful. During this season, we have many choices with spinach, broccoli, pumpkin, lettuce, parsley, turnip, cabbage, eggplant, celery, garlic, onion, leek, chicory, squash, potatoes, rice, wheat, corn, millet, spelt, peas, chickpeas, white beans, red beans and lentils.
The chestnut, which comes into season along with the start of winter, is a high-energy food (174 kcal/100g). Chestnuts have a lot of starch and are high in fibre and low in protein and fat. They also help maintain the charge in potassium and to a lesser extent, calcium and magnesium.
Activating the Vital Currents of the Autumn
Nutripuncture helps to strengthen the body’s vital currents. The two key meridians for the season are those of the breath (vital currents 20 of the lungs) and of organisation (vital currents 05 of the colon).
Using associations that include these two will help strengthen the meridians.
We recommend: Nutri Yin + Nutri Yang + 05 + 20
To awaken the sense of smell, the following meridians can be nourished together with Nutri Yin and Nutri Yang.
The Meridians of the Autumn
Nutri 05 – meridian of organization (vital currents of the colon)
Nutri 20 – meridian of the breath (vital currents of the lungs)
The Sense Meridian – Smell
Nutri 12 – meridian of instinct (vital currents of the hypothalamus)
Nutri 25 – meridian of inspiration (vital currents of the sinuses)
The Meridians of Identity / Self-Concept
Nutri 16 – meridian of movement (vital currents of the muscles)
Nutri 15 – meridian of self-expression (vital currents of the lymphs)
The Meridians of Masculinity
Nutri 14 – meridian of masculinity (vital currents of the adam’s apple)
Nutri 06 – meridian of male sexuality (vital currents of the penis)
The Meridians of Femininity
Nutri 24 – meridian of femininity (vital currents of the breasts)
Nutri 07 – meridian of female sexuality (vital currents of the vagina)
Targeted Nutritional supplements
The Activa Phytovitality is based on the meridians balance system. The supplements harness the synergy of plant extracts in micro-granules form and in relation with pulmonary balance to activate the lungs meridian. We can take advantage of this time of the year to boost and strengthen our immunity.
We recommend using Activa Well Being Respiration as prevention together with Well-being Immunity.
The colon also plays a very important role thanks to its micro-organisms and may require supplementation of pro and prebiotic to compensate an inappropriate diet.
Even though autumn in Singapore may not have the beautiful golds and reds of other places, there is still a change of season. It is a good time to take a walk in the forest or anywhere outdoors. Breathe in the smells and the energy of the season and allow yourself to harmonize with the dynamics of this season.
This information is not meant to replace medical advice or treatment.
About the Author
Sandra Shih Tonkinson is an alternative health practitioner based in Singapore. She writes regularly for wellness centres as well as for her own practice Jupiter Circles. She is also the Editor of What Therapy, a Singapore-based alternative, complementary, and holistic wellness portal.