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October autumn feeling

annelies espeel

Do you feel that change upcoming? The weather is changing all the time, it’s raining, starting to get cold from time to time and then all of a sudden temperature is back up to 20degrees Celsius. leaves are starting to colour into reds, yellow, brown. Indian summer is gone and autumn is there.

Autumn- season of metal lung and large intestine. It’s the time of the year were we don’t know how to dress and get common cold (ganmao in chinese), sinusitis, running nose, cough. or we slip in the rain and strain a muscle. In terms of emotions we might get a bit gloomy and sad.

In order to enjoy autumn I usually go for a long walk in the park or at the seaside on weekends, enjoy warm baths/shower/sauna/hammam, try sleeping earlier during the week, eat warm soups in the evening and have a raw coco drink if I feel tired in the afternoon. Equally important is of course to dress adequately: layers of clothes so that when it’s too warm, I don’t have to overheat and I can take off some clothes and vice versa when it’s suddenly rainy and chilly. I go for

tips for boosting your immune system:

  • food: eat seasonal fruits, nuts and veggies like apples, pears, chestnuts, walnuts, mushrooms, pumpkin. Have chicken or mushroom broth more often or eat a sesame congee from time to time. drink warm: tea, coco, ginger, cinnamon, chai spice, liquorice

  • supplements: Vitamine D, Vitamine C, Zinc, essential oil (bergamot, mandarin, lemon) to be less gloomy (eucalyptus, thyme, ravensara, sage) to get rid of ganmao or influenza.

  • chinese medicine: cupping is the easiest way to relax upper back muscles which will help when you have a ganmao. acupuncture once a month and chinese herbs to help with getting rid of lung cold, rhinitis, sinusitis, cold body etc.

summer: heatwaves and A/C colds

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We are in the middle of Summer and the Belgian July heatwave has just stopped last week. Temperatures dropped with 20C degrees and people are still in summer mode.

BE AWARE of dressing appropriately: cold- wind from the airconditioning and fresh raindrops can give you a “summer cold”. The cold falls on your head, your shoulders and you feel it’s refreshing, you dress little and it creeps inside your body, into your lungs and throat and sinus/nasal cavities.

WHAT to do? don’t sit where the cold-wind blows. bring a scarf to work to cover your neck and shoulders, maybe also your knees. drink some celery juice with ginger in it, to warm up your body. get a massage, some upper back cupping or just take a hot bath/shower to warm up again.

AT THE SAME TIME the heat is still on. DRINK WATER! eat cucumber and watermelon, it has a lot of water inside. avoid heavy meals like red meats, pizza, cheese and have more veggies. have a gaspaccio (cold soup) for dinner.

When you’re overheated you can come see your acupuncturist for cooling down your blood flux, making sure your digestion is working properly and getting rid of that heat headache. a great way to cool down besides drinking water is using eau de cologne or white tiger balm on the forehead, side of the head and in your neck.

have fun during august!