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Traditional Medicine and Wisdom for Autumn

Reflecting on Autumn through Traditional Medicine and Wisdom

In traditional medicine practises, the seasons play an important role in our well-being. In the southern hemisphere, we have entered the transitional season of Autumn. Reflecting on the four seasons, we are reminded that this season offers us so much. With its fading and falling leaves, autumn illustrates the beauty of letting go: it is a time to release that which no longer serves us. The autumnal transition invites us to reflect on those daily aspects and practices that nourish us. It is a time to recommit to honouring our inner space. Autumn also offers an opportunity to focus on our internal health and well-being through healthy habits and wholesome nutrition. The autumn equinox, being a time where the day and night are of equal length, reminds us to return to balance. To recalibrate and reconnect.

At Organic Merchant we honour traditional medicine and wisdom, and invite you to explore some insights into the season drawing on:

Drawn from thousands of years of knowledge and practice, these insights inform our approach to wellness and a harmonious existence with and within nature.

AYURVEDASide view of young female with long hair fluttering in wind thinking about life in autumn evening in nature

Ayurvedic tradition associates autumn with the dosha, or energy, type of Vata. Vata embodies a blend of cold, dry, light, rough, and windy energies, encouraging us to explore new experiences, establish novel routines, and initiate changes in our lives. With its airy essence, Vata is deeply intertwined with our mental faculties, and if left unchecked, can potentially manifesting as feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and depression, particularly during the cooler months. Therefore, maintaining balance is crucial during this seasonal shift to safeguard our well-being.

As autumn arrives, its energetic force embodies the dynamism of wind, potentially unsettling both body and mind. Therefore, as temperatures cool, it’s essential to harness the energy nurtured during the summer and channel it into purposeful action. Embrace the creative and swiftly shifting energy of vata, but ensure it doesn’t overwhelm you. Find balance in grounding, earthy, oily foods and nourishing practicing self-care rituals, such as Abhyanga, grounding yoga poses and meditations into your routine. These practices will help you navigate the seasonal transition while cultivating a sense of equilibrium.

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn is the season of dryness, contraction and moving inward, and it is beneficial to eat foods that are warming and that enrich our Yin (that which is moist, dark, restful). The season corresponds to the lungs and large intestine, and TCM highlights both these systems as needing particular support. As well as this, TCM associates the large intestine with “letting go”. Just as trees shed their old leaves, we may need to let go of things that no longer serve us. The lungs are associated with sadness and grief. So, as the season shifts, we might find ourselves transitioning through emotions of letting go, with both the relief and grief that entails. Thank it for its service in the past and let it go.

Ultimately autumn invites us to align with nature’s rhythm and embrace seasonal themes of balance and nourishment. Connecting with the season allows us to enjoy new directions while remaining grateful and grounded, and moving constructively toward the future.