With the beautiful weather we have been having, I hate to even think about the cool, dry, windy weather that autumn brings. Where I come from, this seasonal change is right around the corner and especially noticeable as the nights get shorter and cooler. More importantly, these 3 weather conditions can greatly disturb our lungs functions and therefore also our immunity.
Ever been out on a windy day and caught and ear ache shortly thereafter? How about a runny nose or fever? Or maybe after your motorbike adventure you could hardly move your neck?...One day I will own and ride a motorbike;-)
I want to dive into wind as it is naturally drying and often accompanied by cold or heat. If we get invaded by wind cold, we can experience sneezing, runny nose, chills and/or fever, aversion to the cold, find ourselves putting on warmer clothes and craving warm drinks.
With wind heat invasion, we will have an aversion to heat, perhaps be feverish and sweating, have cravings for cooler drinks, in addition to sneezing and wiping a runny nose.
The behaviors and characteristics of external wind are:
For example, a child can be happily running around and playing outside one hour and then feel run down with influenza like symptoms the next hour (ie. Alternating chills and fever, sneezing, runny nose, etc)
For example, one minute you can have pain in your head and the next minute you no longer have pain in your head but now it's in your shoulder.
And look at this, common symptoms of wind invasion can include stiff or sore neck, headaches, runny nose, earaches, sneezing, sore throat, and possibly even coughing if the body is a little run down in the first place. See how all the symptoms affect the upper part of the body.
When we find ourselves frequently falling ill and being in a rather run down state it may be due to the lung not dispersing it's qi properly and therefore weakening our immune system.
Soon after being exposed to wind it is not uncommon for people to present with chills or fever and spontaneous sweating.
If you haven't already, check out my blog on lungs and the immunity to learn more.
So what do we do to protect ourselves from wind wreaking havoc in our body?
If wind conditions don't get fully treated, they can move internally and create more serious symptoms such as headaches/migraines, vertigo, dizziness, irritability, agitation, numbness, chronic allergies, frozen shoulder, shaking/tremors, cold sores, shingles, eczema. In more severe cases wind can cause tremors, convulsions, epilepsy, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and Bell’s palsy.
With fall and back to school around the corner we need our lungs to be strong and healthy so that our immunity stays strong and we are able to fight off all the bugs that are coming our way!
Be aware of the wind and protect yourself from it by eating clean fresh food, and seek help if need be, to boost your energy and immunity with modalities such as acupuncture. Protect your head and neck by bringing out all your fanciest hats, toques, scarves, high-necked tops and hoodies to wear in this windy cool season that awaits us.
Please send me pictures of your fanciest scarf and/or headwear so that I may be inspired and we can inspire others :-). They say it's not a fashion show but I beg to differ ;-)