Some translate the Chinese character 土 tu as earth. It is thought to represent the ground that we stand on which supports our good health. 土 is also the season we are currently entering in Nashville Tennessee as the heat of summer subtly relaxes and things begin to dry out. September is harvest time for squash and apples, foods that can be kept to nourish us throughout the winter.
According to Chinese Medicine principles it is the time to get our digestive system in order so that we can strengthen ourselves before winter. It’s the time for soups and stews that can be easily digested and made into good energy. It’s time to exercise in rhythmic ways that strengthen muscle.
Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, tui na, qi gong, and exercise and dietary advice) can help our bodies contend with irritable bowels, acid reflux, digestive upset, irregular stools, headaches and other symptoms of poor digestion and an irritated digestive system.
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Mark is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist