by Pam Maloney

“One should retire with the sunset and arise with the dawn. Just as the weather in autumn turns harsh, so does the emotional climate. It is therefore important to remain calm and peaceful, refraining from depression so that one can make the transition to winter smoothly. This is the time to gather one s spirit and energy, be more focused, and not allow desires to run wild. One must keep the lung energy full, clean and quiet. This means practicing breathing exercises to enhance lung Qi” – Huangdi Neijing Suwen

Fall corresponds to the lungs, skin, and large intestine. The lungs and large intestine are in charge of respiration, digestion, and elimination. Common symptoms associated with lung and large intestine imbalances are respiratory problems such as asthma, shortness of breath, frequent colds, and sinus infections, as well as constipation and skin problems.

The body is particularly susceptible to wind and cold during the fall. Dryness can cause symptoms of coughing, dry nose, sore throat, dry skin, dry hair and scalp, dry mouth and cracked lips, and hard and dry stools. Adding more nourishing yin foods to your diet can promote body fluid, soothe the lungs and protect you from dryness.

Eating with the season

In the fall, eat fewer cold, uncooked foods such as salads and more warm, cooked foods. Switch from salads to soups and steamed vegetables such as winter squash, winter peas, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and yams. Incorporate yellow and red foods into your meals. Start your day with hot oatmeal.

From Sarah: Pamela Maloney, Ph.D., D.H.M., L.Ac., provides one-on-one customized diagnosis and treatment plans. Offering the highest quality health and healing programs for groups or individuals, she is also available as a public speaker and medical consultant. For 12 years, Dr. Maloney has hosted her own radio show, Health Forum, for KCRW (89.9 FM) in Santa Monica, California. Her Web site is

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