Our 5 best tips: Autumn food therapy in Chinese medicine



2019-10-22 por Mudán Burgos

Our 5 best tips: Autumn food therapy in Chinese medicine

Protective and purifying foods should be incorporated into the diet in the fall to help strengthen the body. These foods also help open and clean the lungs.

1. Spicy foods like onion, garlic, chives, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, horseradish and pepper have ascending qualities. These foods are excellent for cleaning the lungs.

2. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, parsley, chard and spinach are purifying and contain nutrients that help strengthen the body.

3. Golden orange vegetables such as squash, carrots and sweet potatoes are seasonal in the fall and are rich in beta-carotene, important for strengthening the immune system.

4. Cereals such as oats, rice, amaranth and quinoa are digestive tonics and support the production of Qi (energy).

5. Fungi and wild mushrooms are already available in the fall and are an excellent tonic for the lungs. It is said that fungi cleanse mucus and phlegm and also strengthen Qi and Blood.

Always seasonal products

Fall is traditionally known as fall or the harvest season, as a lot of seasonal foods fall from trees. These whole foods will be the freshest, cheapest and tastiest available, so make the most of conserving what you can.

Fruits

Apples, avocado, banana, blackberry, kumquat, custard apple, figs, grapes, guava, kiwi, lemon, limes, mango, tangerine, mangosteen, melons ,, nectarine, orange, papaya, passion fruit, pears, persimmon, plums, Pomegranate, quince, rambutan, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry.

Dried fruits

Almond, chestnut, hazelnut, pistachio, peanut, nut.

Vegetables

Asian vegetables: bok choy, choy sum, gai lan, wong bok. Beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, pepper, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, fennel, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, olives, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, squash, shallot, spinach, squash, sweetcorn, taro, tomato, turnip, zucchini.

Herbs and spices

Garlic, ginger, horseradish