Autumn is the Season for the
Lung and Large Intestine Meridian

Finally a slight cool breeze and low humidity this morning; Fall is coming later this month and in a lot of states Labor Day means summer is over. Not so much here except something interesting also happens around this time; patients come in with different symptoms. We’re still treating nausea, a tight band feeling around heads and a general hot yucky feeling (late summer Spleen & Stomach Meridians). This past week people have started showing up with sinus, constipation and skin rashes, usually this happens closer to the actual date of autumn.

The Lung Meridian takes care of the lungs and skin. The Large Intestine Meridian works with the sinuses, throat and the bowels. They are affected by dry weather. We have noticed two weeks after school starts; children come down with “colds”. Adults start showing signs a couple of weeks after that. Our regular patients – the ones that come in monthly or every three months are not getting sick. We’ve seen just a few mild sore throats and sinus congestion. I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more and we need to do just that. The time to depend on a prescription to fix us is over. Remember Acupuncture can help eliminate these troublesome symptoms even in a few hours. If you think you are catching something, try the following techniques and foods to eliminate the symptoms.

Rubbing around your nose, around your collar bone, from your thumb up your arm to your collar bone and by the nail bed (outside) on your second finger up your arm across your neck, on your face to your nose will help stimulate these two Meridians.

Foods to eat in this season for the Lung are: carrots, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, grapes, green onions, honey, olives, peanuts, pears, peppermints, persimmons, radish, tangerines, walnuts, water chestnuts. To help the Large Intestine Meridian eat: tofu, black pepper, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, honey, lettuce, nutmeg, persimmons, salt, and spinach.

For asthma problems add pumpkin to your diet; for constipation, add bananas, Chinese cabbage, pears, spinach and sweet potatoes. Use honey and lemon mixed together, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, tangerines, carrots and asparagus to help with coughs. Sore throats feel better with pineapple juice.
The emotions for these two meridians are grief, sorrow and letting go.

This Thursday I will be heading to my state Acupuncture conference and will be back in the clinic on Monday with new information to help you.

No Grains
They Cause Inflammation

Okay, that’s old news, but it still is worth mentioning. Over the past three years many of my patients have been successful with improved health as well as weight loss with my meal plan that eliminates grains in their daily diet. One of my nutritional mentors is Dr. David Pearlmutter. Dr. Pearlmutter latest book is called The Grain Brain which has some great information and I would highly recommend reading it.

Smile at a stranger today and help make their world better. Hug someone you know and make their world better. A funny thing will happen, your world will be better then too.

Most Fondly, Dr. Rusty