Acupuncture for the autumn
So here we are, officially into autumn with the changing of the clocks and the shorter days that brings.
This is a time of year when we feel loss most acutely. Though September and even October can bring warm days, they tend to be short-lived and fleeting and can’t quite make up for the departure of summer and the warmth and longer evenings that disappear with it.
The hollowness we feel in the transition from summer to autumn is hardly surprising. Summer, with its dynamic light and vibrant colours, is the end product of spring’s renewal, the crowning glory of nature’s production line.
By contrast, autumn heralds the shutdown of that production line. The harvest has been reaped, nature’s bounty has fallen from the tree and, soon after, the engine room of our living world – the leaves – also fall to leave the skeletal frames of trees that await the sterilising and cleansing power of winter’s cold.
There is a sense of melancholy that’s associated with autumn, and it’s easy to forget that this is a season that gives us its own powerful gift of beautiful colours and often rewards us with ethereal light that shows the true beauty of the year’s most striking changes.
This year, of course, is different because we are also living with the lingering sense of a hard winter ahead in which Covid-19 is likely to be an ever-present spectre.
In acupuncture, autumn is associated with the element of metal. Ancient Chinese medicine is founded on the belief that our bodies largely mirror seasonal processes.
So, where spring is a time of renewal and growth that is reflected in the increased energy and vitality many of us feel, so autumn is a time to prepare for the rest and relaxation necessary to recharge the biological batteries that our bodies run on.
Acupuncture can be a powerful tool in helping us to process that renewal efficiently. Over the year, and particularly during spring and summer where we tend to be highly active, we can accumulate a fair amount of unwanted ‘junk’ that serves to block the channels through which our life-force energy – or Qi – travels.
By focusing on harmonising that energy, acupuncture can facilitate more rapid revitalisation and mitigate and reduce the sense of mourning that is often autumn’s hallmark.
And because it is holistic, it is a treatment that is also effective in resolving multiple wellbeing issues that may be present even when we are unaware of them.
With an extended period of social distancing now seemingly inevitable in combating the increased risk of Covid infection that winter is expected to bring, acupuncture can be particularly beneficial for two reasons.
First, it can help to alleviate the depression and anxiety that can occur when we are separated from friends and family for an extended period by allowing us to find an inner contentment that can allow resilience, peace and rationalisation to grow.
More practically in the context of coronavirus, perhaps, it can also help us to rebuild and strengthen our natural immunity through lifestyle changes that promote better and healthier living.
As we head toward the winter, it is important for us to find ways to try to protect ourselves against illness and infection – especially in 2020 and 2021. Autumn affords us the perfect opportunity to do that, and acupuncture can be an invaluable source of support in that journey.
I’m always quick to highlight the cumulative power of acupuncture when it is a regular feature in your day-to-day health regimen. Like exercise, acupuncture becomes increasingly effective over time.
When combined with a routine that includes making healthier choices around diet and exercise, acupuncture can strengthen your immune system to the point where it may provide greater resistance to potential infection risk.
I’m not saying it will prevent you from contracting Covid-19 – but it might just be that if you do, your symptoms could be milder than they might otherwise have been.
If you’d like to know more about acupuncture and the health benefits it can bring, why not get in touch for an informal, confidential and no-obligation chat? I’m always happy to answer the many questions people have about this remarkable ancient treatment.
Stay safe and be kind to one another.