The recommendation of medicine echoes the nature of remedies found in traditional medicine systems, such as Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM
), for which these transition seasons hold poignancy, and place attention on adjusting our diet and daily routine to accommodate these changes. The recommendations of these systems, which draw on ancient sources of knowledge, align with the qualities of the season itself. They place us within nature, not outside of it, and suggest that if we do better to connect with the elements of the changing season, paying attention and adjusting our behaviours to the changing qualities of the world around us, we may fare a little better in its wake.
Ayurvedic specialist and IKIGAI Thought Leader, Dr. Issac Mathai M.D, simplifies the relevance of this connection; “the basic principles of Ayurveda attaches a lot of importance to climate in health management.” Although Ayurveda recognises six seasons, our Autumnal months fall under the Dakshinayana period within Ayurveda – a period that offers potential for ‘rejuvenation’. That’s if we connect with the qualities of the season, and adjust accordingly.
Summer, with its long days and sunny warmth, naturally encourages us to be more active, eat lighter, spend more time outdoors and, with the later sunsets, we may find ourselves with a more expansive energy that encourages more social activities in the evening hours. We may also find ourselves sleeping less and seeking out foods that are refreshing, such as fruits and vegetables of the season that are naturally high in water. Yet, as Autumn rolls in, the sunlight hours begin to dwindle, the temperature lowers, vegetation around us begins to lose its vibrancy, and the heartier root vegetables come into season. And, if we take a moment to notice these elemental changes and their subsequent impact on things that grow, we can take cue, and look to how we too can adjust to the changes (be it our activities, our sleeping patterns, or our diets) to accommodate a balance with the environment within which we live.
If immunity cannot be isolated to the intake of a single vitamin or supplement but is, rather, the sum of a greater whole, we have to give attention to a few key pillars.