The days are becoming noticeably shorter, the nights are cooling off and some trees are starting to change…fall is here. According to the Chinese calendar, fall officially began on August 7th.
In Chinese Medicine, fall corresponds to the metal element which represents organization and order. It is therefore the perfect time to finish summer projects and to organize and prepare for the winter.
The emotions associated with metal are grief and sadness. Thus, fall is the time to “let go” of any negative emotions and clear your mind to make way for a peaceful and quiet winter.
The metal element corresponds to the Lungs and Large Intestine. These organs are responsible for respiration, digestion and elimination. During this time, one may be more susceptible to respiratory problems such as asthma, colds and sinus infections, as well as skin problems and constipation. It is therefore essential to avoid getting chilled even when it “seems” warm outside, stay hydrated, get sufficient rest and choose warm, cooked foods such as soups and steamed vegetables over cold, uncooked foods such as salads.
Try incorporating the following nourishing foods into your fall cooking: apples, beets, bok choy, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cinnamon, figs, garlic, ginger, leeks, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, rosemary, sage, thyme, whole grains, wild rice, winter squash and yams.
Wishing you a happy and healthy fall,
Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic