Autumn is associated with the Metal phase (金 – jin) that consist of the Lungs (肺 – fei ) and Large Intestines (大腸 – da chang). Since autumn correlates with the Metal phase, those with Metal ailments will manifest as:

Lung Pathology:

Weak Breathing
Dry skin
Aversion to cold
Respiratory ailments
Sinus issues within this period
Waking up from 3:00-5:00 am
Urge to smoke
Shortness of breath
Dryness around the nostrils
Frequent urination, especially from 3:00-5:00am

The bottom line is breath. If you have any respiratory ailments, you have a compromise in the Metal system.  Here are some things to keep in mind while in this season.

Things to do:

Keep warm
Wear a hat
Exercise (with warm clothes, especially a hat)
Eat rooted vegetables
Steer away from leaning forward over a computer or reading
Try yoga postures such “cobra” or “upward facing dog” to open the chest
Incorporate pungent foods to your diet (i.e. garlic, capsicum, ginger)
Stay away from greasy and sweet food
Watch comedies!

Enjoy the change in colors and keep active but stay warm.

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