The most common responses to my question in my last newsletter, what would you most want to learn about Chinese medicine, were 1) easy things that can be done at home to promote health and 2) herbal medicine.
I'll be working on some classes to cover these topics, and hopefully will be able to offer them soon either in person or over Zoom. (Zoom could be great so folks from all over the country could join!)
In the meantime, your responses made me think about the first chapter of the Huang Di Nei Jing, which is a seminal text outlining the principles of Chinese medicine.
It' says: "The people of high antiquity who knew the Way,
they modeled their actions on yin and yang,
they compiled with the arts and numbers"
Numbers, in this case, refers to the calendar, or in other words, living in accordance with the seasons.
Right now according to the lunar calendar, we're in autumn!
This is when yin starts to grow, and yang starts to wane.
Much like when we harvest the summer's bounty, likewise we should gather, collect, and start to set aside our reserves to make it through winter. We can start to turn more inward, so it's a great time for introspection. It's also seasonally appropriate to get more rest, start to limit activity, and get to sleep earlier.
EJ Fry, L.Ac.