Fall

Throughout the year the seasons change from Yin to Yang. In Spring and Summer, Yang is predominant creating an outward, active and dynamic energy. During Late Summer a transition of the energy begins. Yin’s downward movement occurs during the Fall.

Simultaneously, this shift occurs within ourselves. That descending energy is why this season can be difficult physically and emotionally. The challenges of this season can include colds, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, depression, grief, and low energy. Even holding on to grudges can get exacerbated this time of year.

Meridian Gutter

The 8th point on the Lung meridian must be clear in order for Qi to flow. This point gets rid of built up garbage and replenishes the Qi. A great point for detoxification, including any kind of skin problem (eczema, psoriasis, etc.).

Joining of the Valleys

This, the fourth point on the Large Intestine meridian, is also called “The Great Eliminator”. It is one of the most powerful points on the body, used to cleanse and detoxify. It removes toxins from the body, and eliminates headaches.

The chart below displays the correspondences of the five seasons:

FIVE ELEMENTSWoodFireEarthMetalWater
SeasonsSpringSummerLate SummerAutumnnWinter
Zang/Yin OrgansLiverHeartSpleenLungKidney
Fu/Yang OrgansGallbladderSmall IntestineStomachLarge IntestineBladder
DirectionsEastSouthMiddleWestNorth
TastesSourBitterSweetPungentSalty
TissuesTendonsVesselsMusclesSkin/HairBones
ColorsGreenRedYellowWhiteBlue/Black
Sense OrgansEyeTongueMouthNoseEar