Fall- its that time of year when the warmth of the sun starts fading, the yang energy subsiding as the yin energy of darkness, cold, stillness, increases. There is a slowing down, an introspection as we draw inwards both physically and emotionally. In autumn we bid farewell to the abundance of summer and start preparing for the hibernation, or hunkering down, that is to come.
In Chinese Medicine, autumn is the season of the Metal element. Metal reflects our core issues, the most refined part of ourselves; an analogy is that of ore found deep within a mountain. The emotion connected with Metal is grief or sadness. The climate associated with metal is dry, while the sense organ and sense associated with it is the nose and smell. The organs connected with the Metal element are the Lungs and the Large Intestine, which reflect the nature of the season, the letting go.
Lungs and Large Intestine
The Lungs and the Large Intestine are both organs of...
Who hasn’t had a headache in their life? It is certainly one of the most common symptoms seen in clinical practice. The International Headache Society currently classifies headaches into 3 major categories:
Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias
Other primary headache disorders
Headache attributed to
trauma or injury to the head and/or neck
cranial or cervical vascular disorder
non-vascular intracranial disorder
a substance or its withdrawal
disorder of homoeostasis
disorder of the cranium, neck, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, teeth, mouth or other facial or cervical structure
Painful cranial neuropathies, other facial pains and other headaches
Painful cranial neuropathies and other facial pains
Allergy season is in the air- oh yes, the pun is intended. And people with seasonal allergies don’t need to hear about the pollen count – their runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes will let them know. These symptoms, collectively known as allergic rhinitis, may present themselves during the changes in season- spring or fall, but some patients also have year round symptoms due to an allergy to dust, mites or dander, to name a few.
What are the common symptoms of allergies? Some common complaints associated with allergic rhinitis are: runny nose; sneezing; itchy and watery eyes, nose, and throat; sinus congestion; skin rashes; hives; diarrhea and frequent urination. The biological basis of this is fairly well understood. The normal response of a healthy body when it encounters an allergen is an activation of the immune system which then destroys/gets rid of the allergen. However, this activation sometimes goes into overdrive, causing these s...
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the interaction of the human being with the environment. The five elements, fire, earth, metal, water and wood correspond with the body’s organs as well as the seasons – fire with the heart and summer, earth with the spleen and late summer, metal with the lung and autumn, water with the kidney and winter, and wood with the liver and spring. These five elements interact with each other in a continuous cycle of generation and control, a feedback system that keeps things in balance. Disharmony results when there is an imbalance in any of these systems; this imbalance is what the TCM practitioner tries to correct.
Spring is associated with the wood element. Spring is the time of growth, movement, a pushing through from the quiescence of winter into burgeoning life. The hibernating energy of the winter months now stirs, giving life to fresh intentions and aspirations, a restlessness and a...