Summer is divided into two parts…Summer and late Summer… in the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Late summer, often called “Indian summer” is that time at the end of Summer and before Autumn when there is often a hot spell.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Stomach and Spleen rule the “fifth season”.
Traditional Chinese medicine actually relates to five seasons instead of the typical four. The Stomach and Spleen rule this fifth season. These organs are more active and more vulnerable to problems at the early fall time of year. These two organs are related to the “Earth element”. The earth provides support and nourishment for all life just as a person’s Spleen and Stomach provides nourishment for their body. Food is ingested, digested, transformed transported and assimilated into the physical body creating muscle, bone, blood and energy.
When the Spleen energetic is weakened the entire body can suffer.
The health of these two organs is critical to one’s overall health. Far too many people suffer from digestive problems today. Thirty-eight million Americans are victims of digestive disorders, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, GERD, Candida and food allergies.
One study shows that the economic impact to our economy of digestive disorders is $123 billion per year, compared to $17 billion for cancer, $58 billion for neurological disorders, and $88 billion for circulatory problems.
Over time, eating a poor diet combined with irregular eating habits, eating late at night, over concentration, worry, or sitting too long can deplete Spleen and Stomach energetics. Adopting better eating habits and lifestyle will help our digestion to function better. As a result, a person’s entire health has a better chance of improving, we gain more energy, have better concentration, and more fun!
Bon Appetite, eat healthy and enjoy “Indian summer” – remember you are what you eat!
Also remember that a “seasonal Acupuncture tune-up” can help keep you healthy — call Acupuncture Alternatives for an appointment – 480 671 5178 .