A new season has arrived.Autumn! A season in which you harvest what you need to do in the summer.And the season in which you do not need to be in the winter.It is, according to the ancient Chinese, the season of the Metal element of the organs Lungs and large intestine. The lungs take up energy and spread through the body, releases, takes away what is no longer needed.

Qualities of the Metal element

  • Meticulous
  • Quiet
  • Feeling for quality
  • Structure
  • Check
  • Discipline
  • Straight
  • Catered
  • Symmetrical frame
  • Fine facial features with small bones and compact muscles.

If you read this list, you probably know someone who meets these characteristics.Great chance that you are dealing with a Metal type.


* Say goodbye
Time for autumn cleaning! Clean your house and throw away what has become worthless or sell it if it is still of value.
Start by releasing emotions or habits that are no longer meaningful. Letting go makes room for something new. Give yourself some time, because the excavation of gold from the earth is not possible in one day.


* Let you massage
Shiatsu therapy can help to reduce the symptoms caused by an imbalance in the metal element. Complaints you may experience in the fall are dry, cracked lips, dry or stuffy nose and throat, dry cough and frequent colds. Other complaints may include skin conditions including eczema or dry skin, constipation, respiratory disorders or sadness.

* Take care of your lungs.
Strengthen your lungs against an attack by wind. (Wind = how Chinese call a cold eg) Make yourself a cup of tea with fresh ginger if you get cold quickly, suffer from muscle pain and sneezing, bright snot. Ginger heated and strengthens the immune system. Ginger is also healing with digestive complaints, nausea and fatigue after eating or a bloated stomach.

Do you suffer from a dry sore throat, headache, fever and yellow snot? Then you better drink a cup of mint tea. Mint is strongly cooling so use it in moderation in the colder seasons.

* Breath consciously
Take breathing exercises. Think of Qi Gong or yoga or do the meridian stretching alongside to set the energy in the Metal element in motion. The ideal time for breathing exercises is, according to the Chinese organ clock, between 5:00 and 7:00, which is the time of the Large Intestine.

* Strengthen your Metal element
With food you can achieve a lot. The Chinese look at the thermal effects of their food and adapt their diet to what is good for their system or what suits a season. These vegetables and fruits strengthen your metal element and protect your body against drought. Make some goodies with it!

  • Roots
  • Sweet potato
  • Beets
  • Radish
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Unpolished rice
  • Sprouts
  • Paprika
  • Kool
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Pears