According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the fall season has the most effect on the LUNGS and LARGE INTESTINE.
Receives oxygen, releases carbon dioxide
Absorbs food & water, releases feces
A person becomes vulnerable to external pathogens (disease, sickness) during AUTUMN. Colds, Flus, Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sneezing, Headaches.
- DECREASE DAIRY
COOKED PEARS & APPLES
Fresh Lotus Root juice & honey relieves dryness in digestive constipation!
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
The emotion associated with the LUNGS is
TRY LIGHT/ PHOTO THERAPY!
TO DO LIST
Now is the time to tackle projects and clear out clutter (Both mental & physical projects in your life), especially goals. Organize your closet, car, a work area. What do I no long need, and what can I let go of? Evaluate its usefulness in your life: donate, sell, or throw out. Start an EXERCISE routine, MEDITATION, COUNCELING.
START AN EXERCISE ROUTINE MEDITATION and COUNSELING
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM!
Autumn brings air in motion, or WIND (in TCM, considered the case of 100 diseases). This WIND enters the body most easily at the back of the neck--COVER, WEAR A SCARF!
COVER AND WEAR A SCARF
WIND attacks the LUNGS, and effects the SKIN, causing psoriasis, dry nose & lips, dermatitis, dry & itchy skin. The SKIN reflects the overall health of the LUNGS...YOUR SKIN BREATHES!
NATURAL DRY SKIN CREAM RECIPE
Referenced from Natural Beauty Recipes: 60 Best Kept Secrets To Care For The Skin By Lisa Patrick
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp. Grated Beeswax 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
3 tbsp. Sesame Oil
2 tbsp. Distilled Water
Melt beeswax over low heat in a small non-stick pan, and then add water. Gradually add cocoa butter, olive, coconut, and sesame oil.
Let mixture cool off, and then pour into a glass jar. Apply to dry skin.
The FALL SEASON is a time to gather (harvest)
TCM holds that our energy needs to go inward to prepare for cold harsh winter months. Organs during this period need Support & Nourishment.
The LUNG a ("tender organ") is the only internal organ that directly interacts with the external environment! The LUNGS are the first organ to be affected by external pathogenic factors! (INSERT LUNG AND CHINESE TRANSLATION FROM IPAD)
WHEN TO SWEAT: SWEAT DEFENDS AGAINST INFECTIONS!
Sweat is therapeutic at the first signs of a viral or bacterial infection (scratchy, sore throat, back of neck ache, cold chills, feeling warm, nasal congestion or runny). To induce sweating to rid pathogenic invasion eat hot/spicy foods esp. soups, & teas (hot peppers, ginger, honey, garlic, cinnamon, yarrow, catnip, clove, peppermint, onions, adult hot toddy), cover with blankets!
In a lying or seated position, place a hand on your lower belly button area. Take a slow, controlled breath beyond your lungs into your lower abdomen (Chinese martial artist call this the lower Dantian). Exhale through your mouth, make the ssssss sound (exhale longer than you inhale). Repeat 5-10 times, twice a day. Stimulates lung function, increases oxygen intake & exhalation of carbon dioxide.
Excellent for asthma, shortness of breath, digestion, anxiety, depression, and insomnia!
The LUNGS open to the NOSE, keep clear & clean--USE A NETTI POT!
Dietary Suggestions … think Soups & Porridges … Rice, Millet, Quinoa
FOODS that nourish the LUNGS, clear WIND, aid in digestion, support and calm LIVER. (INSERT WHITE LUNG FOOD CHART FROM IPAD HERE)
Pears, sesame seeds and powder, white fungus, sweet potato, mung beans, leeks, farm eggs, chestnuts, yams, watercress, turnip, wheat germ, horseradish, pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, pork, mushrooms, broth, grapefruit, pumpkin, dark vinegar, ginger, garlic, onion, apples, cinnamon, cloves, sourdough (small amounts), navy beans, leeks, sauerkraut, radish, carrot, rosemary.
The organ networks of METAL (LUNG & LARGE INTESTINE) can be oppressive to WOOD (LIVER & GALL BLADDER)...Calm and Support LIVER!
This is the time of year to reduce spicy/pungent foods (unless feeling a sickness coming on as discussed above) and increase SOUR (WOOD FLAVOR) ingredients Olives, grapefruit, apples, persimmon, mung beans, dark vinegar, asparagus, tomato, zucchini, kiwi, swiss chard.
CHINESE CONGEE (CON-GEE)
A traditional Chinese food, where rice or millet is cooked into a porridge or gruel. This porridge is very easy to prepare, along with excellent benefit to the digestive system! Depending on the ingredient choices, congee can be a daily breakfast and or lunch/dinner. Both rice and millet can be used alone or together (water/grain ratio: 5-6 times more water than grain).
Typical 4 serving amount (increase depending on number of people and amount of days you're preparing for: 4-7 days for breakfast or lunch).
1 cup Rice (any kind), millet, even quinoa
6 cups Water, stock (or both)
For a more savory dish use bones (be sure to remove, be careful with children!)
Use different ingredients depending on whether the congee is being prepared for breakfast or lunch/dinner (use a combination of foods using dietary suggestions listed above).