Throughout the year nature changes from Yin to Yang. In Spring and Summer, Yang is predominant – outward, active and dynamic. In Late Summer, the transition begins and Yin’s downward movement occurs during the Fall.

Simultaneously, this shift occurs within ourselves. That descending energy can cause physical and emotional difficulty. The challenges of the season include colds,  depression, grief and low energy. Even the inability to let go of grudges can be 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 ELEMENTS Wood Fire Earth Metal Water
Seasons Spring Summer Late Summer Autumnn Winter
Zang/Yin Organs Liver Heart Spleen Lung Kidney
Fu/Yang Organs Gallbladder Small Intestine Stomach Large Intestine Bladder
Directions East South Middle West North
Tastes Sour Bitter Sweet Pungent Salty
Tissues Tendons Vessels Muscles Skin/Hair Bones
Colors Green Red Yellow White Blue/Black
Sense Organs Eye Tongue Mouth Nose Ear