As the weather begins to turn and leaves begin to fall, the season begins its transition to cooler weather. Likewise, your body also begins its transition. TCM views each season as it relates to a certain organ system. The organ in “command” is further related to a body tissue, a sense organ, emotion, taste, sound, climate and direction. This information is organized in the Theory of Five Elements and provides practitioners with a framework to understand, diagnose and treat health problems.
The Lung and its counterpart, the Large Intestine, are predominant in Fall. This duo performs many energetic functions vital to your health and well-being.
SO WHAT DOES THE LUNG DO ANYWAY? HERE ARE SOME OF ITS FUNCTIONS:
1- The Lung forms and distributes Qi throughout your body.
2- The Lung sends defensive Qi to the area between your skin and the muscles to warm and protect your body. Cold and wind can enter the body through the skin. Bundle up to conserve your Qi.
3- The Lung sends nutritive Qi through your blood and meridians to nourish your internal organs and tissues, and moisten the skin. Dry, rough, itchy skin? Wrinkles? These conditions are related to the quality of your Lung Qi.
4- The Lung pushes water out of the body. Because it’s connected to the Large Intestine, poor Lung function could result in constipation or diarrhea.
5- The Lung connects to the outer world through the nose and throat. When the nose is open and your sense of smell is intact, your Lung Qi is most likely balanced. Since the Lung meridians run through the throat, deficient Lung Qi could show up as a hoarse voice or laryngitis.
BOOST YOUR LUNG QI THIS FALL
Build your Lung Qi in Fall so that you move through the season with ease. Certain acupoints or “energy gates” promote harmonious communication between your organs. These points allow a maximum amount of Qi to flow through them.
Energy Gate #1 is located where the bones of the thumb and index finger meet. Find the spot where the index finger bone forms a “V” with the thumb bone. This acupoint is helpful to stimulate the Qi of the Large Intestine, the Lung as well as the Stomach. Massage this point with your opposite thumb and then continue to gently massage the entire index finger bone, moving toward the first knuckle.