Lung - Autumn
The Associated Season

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Adrian Cox
13 Nov 2021
Vitality of Life

At the beginning of a session, I sometimes guide the client through a simple breathing exercise.

This gentle exercise helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) it also brings awareness to the mind and body, because a slight disconnect can happen in our daily lives.

As each breath represents a short completion in time, that connects us with the here and now. 

You can then appreciate those transient moments in your life and respond in a healthy way, like being able to let go of what doesn't benefit you.

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In your working days, are there times that you're performing in a higher gear for longer than you should? This can drain your essence and disrupt the flow of Qi, making you feel stressed and fatigued.

If you are able to introduce a balance of nutrition, calming activities such as meditation and therapeutic practices like Shiatsu, this will help to maintain your wellbeing and avoid BURNOUT.

signs of deficient Lung Qi can be shortness of breath, coughs, colds, sore throat etc. If this deficiency carries into the winter, it can harm the ability to store Lung Ki, making the condition worse or weakening our chances of producing protection against external pathogens in the winter (Wei Qi).


In TCM the Lung meridian connects with parts of the digestive system, so strengthening the Lung Qi with breathing exercises and supporting the digestive system, with a balanced diet can be very helpful.

Last month I wrote in a piece about supporting the digestive system (The Spleen - Late summer).  

Now this is Autumn, the period of gathering. The Yang energy of summer, the consuming of cooler foods and having those long days and late nights, are behind us. Autumn has a drawing in, slowing down nature, preparing for winter, the period of storing.

This is the time to take in more warming food and drinks, to aim to be in rhythm with nature.

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The lungs are crucial to your vitality in many ways. It takes in 'Natural air Qi' which contributes a lot to your biological and emotional system.

As you may know, oxygen is delivered to tissues throughout your body via red blood cells. Through the digestion of food vital building blocks are produced, which help in the transportation of that oxygen through your body. 

East Asian medicine has known for hundreds of years, that the combination of Natural air Qi with Nutritive Qi (food) goes towards the production and the transportation of blood. The Lung meridian in the classical diagram begins in the stomach and descends to the Yang pairing of Lung which is Large Intestine. This indicates there is a direct connection with Nutritive Qi and Natural air Qi. 

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An imbalance anywhere in your impressive system can affect your physical wellbeing, which then can have an impact on your emotional state or emotions can affect your physical.

Shiatsu/TCM does not see a separation between body, mind, spirit and emotions, this is why there is a holistic approach to treatments.

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