Guess What Month November Is?

Pears by Marshed
Pears, a photo by Marshed on Flickr.

Each month of the year has a connection to a particular organ of the body according to traditional Chinese medicine. Simply speaking, each month provides a chance for you to do something nice for that organ. November is lung month and as you might have guessed from this entry’s picture, pears are a nice thing to do for your lungs.

Take your favorite type of pear and core it. Fill the center with honey and steam until soft. The next step: enjoy!

This recipe is particularly good for lungs that feel dry, if you have a dry cough, if you live in a dry climate that dehydrates you easily. (Get the idea that pears hydrate?) They are also good anytime after a cold or if you just have a persistent cough.

Here are the other months of the year and their organs:

January-gallbladder
February-urinary bladder
March-stomach
April-large intestine
May-small intestine
June-san jiao (I know- what the heck is a san jiao? Use this month to do something great for your lymph system)
July- kidney
August-spleen
September-liver
October-pericardium (considered a separate organ in TCM)
November- lung
December-heart

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Thank You Veterens…

American Flag by mrsdkrebs
American Flag, a photo by mrsdkrebs on Flickr.

“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”

Henri Frederic Amiel

A Mini Body Vacation

breathe by abchick
breathe, a photo by abchick on Flickr.

Whatever task you are doing right now, stop if you can. Put your hands on your belly at the belly button or just below it. Take a moment to check if you feel equally balanced between the left side of your body and the right. Take in a slow breath through your nose for a 4 count. Breathe that breath all the way down to your hands while your belly expands to hold that breath. When you complete your inhale your belly should be rounded out like a basketball. When you exhale to a 4 or 5 count, release the breath through your nose (or your mouth if you really need to release) while the basketball deflates.
Repeat as many times as you like as long as you don’t become dizzy for an excellent mini body vacation!