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Volume 7, Issue 56
September 19, 2006

Back in America

After two very amazing and eventful months in Peru, I am getting re-adjusted to life in the USA.  What can one say after a life-changing experience, especially when that experience also changed the lives of the group of people that I was honored to take with me.  You will soon be able to read a bit about their experiences on the Heart Feather Website.

Change of Season

As you know, we are rapidly approaching Autumn.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is a time of both opportunity and danger to health. 

Mary has a dry and slightly sore throat when she wakes. Her voice is husky until she drinks some water.Like many other people, Mary is used to this kind of small discomfort when autumn arrives. Other symptoms that she could have persistent coughing, constipation, fatigue, heaviness of limbs, headache or even liver pain. All considered typical disorders of autumn.

The autumn harvest means gathering nature's bounty and preparing for the winter ahead. Itís also a time to pay more attention to your health and to prepare for the cold of the coming winter.

In Traditional Asian Medicine, the body is seen as a microcosm of the natural world, waxing and waning with the movements of the seasons. The ancient Chinese believed that the earth has seasonal periods when certain organs of the body are more vulnerable and need special attention. Asian dietary tradition focuses on eating foods that harmonize with the season. When it's cool out, we need to add more fuel to the furnace. When itís hot, we need to cool.  When itís damp, to dry. When itís dry, to moisten.

Autumn affects our lungs and large intestine. It is important to pay close attention to those organs and make sure they are being nourished and cared for, so this is an important time to get your seasonal acupuncture check-up and treatment.  Perhaps to take an herbal formula to help build your defenses.

Nature provides the foods that keep our bodies in balance during the different seasons of the year. The autumn diet regimen aims to reduce any accumulation of energy from the summer and to prepare the body gently for the colder, harsher season of winter. The diet should therefore consist of warm, well-lubricated foods with a greater emphasis on those that are sweet and sour in taste.  Itís no accident that the harvest season brings an abundance of pumpkins and other winter squashes.  Yams also are very to increase in the diet during autumn.

Many autumn foods are rich in vitamins A, C and E, which help to protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, by-products of pollution and smoke. Antioxidants also help maintain a healthy immune system and protect us against infections such as colds and flu.

Walnuts, for instance, which are coming into season now, provide a rich source of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids and their derivatives are important for the structure and healthy function of the body.

Chinese yam, which contains nutrients that help restore and enhance immune functions, is suitable for people of all ages. It can help invigorate the spleen and stomach and ward off chronic diarrhea. It can also invigorate the lungs, relieve chronic coughing and stimulate endocrine secretions for immune deficiency.

As for fruits, apples, pears, pomegranates, and other seasonal fruits are helpful.

All vegetables, plus seaweed and bean curd, are favored over meat. Raw seafood should be reduced or eliminated altogether from the menu during this period. One vegetable that is very beneficial is daikon radish, which can improve the conditions of lungs as well as all other organs.

Mary came into the office for her seasonal treatment.  She was given acupuncture and advice on how to make her diet more in harmony.  A few days later her symptoms went away.  Sheíll see me again at the end of autumn to get her treatment and to learn about what she can do to get ready for winter.


to Peru



The next series of Shamanic Journeys are now in the planning stage.  I'm looking at having one in early Spring and one in mid-summer. 

This is truly going to be an incredible and very profound experience. It will also be an amazing adventure! The level of healing that will occur happens at a depth that is literally life-transforming. I'll be opening a new website for these and other sacred and transformational Journeys soon.  The address will be

Upcoming Events:


soundJourney at
The Regenesis Center

Sept. 22, 2006

On Friday, September 22, 2006, a soundJourney event will be held at The Regenesis Center in Santa Monica. The event starts at 8:00, and due to the focused inner nature of the soundJourney experience, there will be no admittance after 8:20.

"soundJourney is transformation via sound. Using indigenous instruments combined with modern technology, Richard Grossman weaves a spell of shamanic sound, vibration, healing, and Love."

Tickets are $25.00 if paid in advance, $30.00 at the door. Please call The Regenesis Center for more information and to purchase admission. 

(310) 581-2450

Copyright 2006 Richard Grossman
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