Late Summer and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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.


By |2016-10-17T20:49:12+00:00August 9th, 2011|Summer, Wellness|0 Comments

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Amy holds her board certificate in Reflexology (ARCB), is a clinically-trained Aromatherapist (CCAP), and an Aromatic Medicine Practitioner. She launched her private practice, The Barefoot Dragonfly, in June 2004 with a special focus on women's health, pediatrics, and pain management. Amy sees clients and teaches a 200-hour aromatherapy certificate program and a 300-hour reflexology certificate program at her studio in Northwest Austin. She offers phone consults for private and commercial aromatherapy consultations.

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