griefIn Chinese medicine not only does each organ have a physical manifestation, but a mental-emotional expression. Emotions can influence the physical organ and the physical organ can give rise to emotions. Emotions become a source of disease when they are unacknowledged, repressed, unexpressed, and held on to for a prolonged period of time.

The Lungs are associated with grief, sadness, and attachments. Fall is known as the Lung time of year and is a time to look inward, address any unresolved sadness and grieve letting go. Grief that is acknowledged and expressed strengthens the mind and body, but grief that is repressed contracts the Lungs. Physical symptoms as a result of unexpressed grief and sadness can manifest in bowel problems and congestion of some kind.

So if Fall has got you feeling down and the feeling of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, it is time to reframe your grief. Take into consideration that you may be experiencing a heightened awareness of your grief.