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-----Dr. Shelley H. Lane, OMD, L.Ac, NTP, has been practicing acupuncture since 1984 in the Santa Barbara area and became certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2014

Fall is the season related to harvesting the bounties of summer and preparing for the challenges of winter. In Chinese Medicine, Fall is of the Metal element- it is called the period of tranquility of one’s conduct. Spirituality, maturity, or harvesting life experience, is associated with the metal element.

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As in nature, a kind of harvesting takes place within our own energies. The large intestine and Lungs are the organs associated with this element and that is why we often see the beginnings of respiratory symptoms and the inability to remove wastes (from the bowels). We are moving from the expansive nature of summer to the contracture nature of Fall. We are heading into an even more internal existence of winter, hibernation, and introspection.

Fall is a good time for organizing and focusing on the tasks at hand. Energies will not be as strong in the coming months. Other winter squashes coming into the season. The natural antioxidants in our foods are better than vitamin pills! This is a good time to prepare and stock broths to have on hand in your freezer, which provides collagen and excellent nourishment. Soups, stews, slow-cooks, lots of root veggies and greens are what your body needs now. Since the sun is weaker now and we probably spend less time in it, now is a good time to add Cod liver oil into the diet to boost vitamin D and A levels.

Start to increase warming foods, including pungent choices like onions, garlic, ginger, mustard, horseradish, and spices. They will help tonify the lungs and help with digestion which will keep you strong.


Keep in mind that both acupuncture and herbal medicine can be extremely helpful in improving your immune system and dealing with the usual health challenges of the winter months. It is a good time to enjoy all the colors of the rainbow with pomegranates, fresh pumpkins and Enjoy the bounty and be mindful of all the forthcoming goodies that might be a challenge for your hardworking immune system.

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