Harvest represents stomach, spleen, and pancreas
In Traditional Chinese medicine this extra season starts around the third week of August and lasts until the Fall solstice. Most of us will recognize this season as the time of Harvest – representing the earth’s bountiful fruits and vegetables that are ripe and ready to be harvested.
This season is represented by the element of earth, and the stomach, spleen, pancreas and muscles.
During the physical harvest we are storing up foods through canning, freezing, drying and preserving, to nourish us through the cold seasons ahead. But emotionally and spiritually we also begin to store up on memories and experiences that will sustain us through the Fall and Winter.
The body is supported during this season by:
- Improving digestive enzymes with diet and supplements
- Balancing blood sugar – by cutting out sweets, testing insulin levels and regulating the pituitary, adrenals and pancreas
- Checking on the stomach’s health – tests can be requested for Hydrochloric acid levels and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori.