The air gets calmer. The sky is very high. The clouds show different shapes. The atmosphere is spicy. Yes, fall has finally come.
I felt that summer this year was longer than I expected. It maybe because of the climate changes all over the world or I was just waiting for fall so long which made me felt like fall was out of reach for a long time.
As for food, fall is known as the season of sufficient harvest. There is the ancient saying, “Autumn with the sky clear and blue, and horses growing stout.” Well, this applies to not only horses but us. Fall is the season of harvest that we appreciate what we are given from the nature.
When fall starts, you might hear people coughing everywhere. It’s because the air gets dry that makes the lung dry, too. When the lung doesn’t work properly, the respiratory and fluids functions get impaired. Qi in the body system is also disrupted so that fluids turn into sputum and cough.
Resistances towards virus or defense of skin are weakened. Taking care of the lung and enhancing skin and mucus are essential in fall.
To prevent cough and cold, some ingredients contain spiciness such as cinnamon, shiso leaf, green onions, mint, or puerariae radix will help us. To cleanse the lung, try taking nuts and fruits. Coarse cereals, beans, rood vegetables, mushrooms, and seafood work so well to keep us being able to combat virus in fall.
Taste of Fall
What's fall like?
- In fall, yin qi gradually gets deeper but stable when comparing to spring. During this season, the most important yakuzen/medicinal food theory is to build stable and well-balanced body system. Qi and clean blood need to be rebuild to welcome winter in few months.
- Dryness of the lung
- The respiratory and the fluid functions weakened
- Dry cough and dry skin
- Virus gets easily intrude into the body system
Effective medicinal ingredients in fall
The list of five elements says that spicy ingredients or adding spiciness in meals are suggested to balance our body system while shifting one season to another, especially from summer to fall.
- Coarse cereals (oats, millets, etc)
- Sweet potatoes
- Pine nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Green onion
- Chinese chive
- Lotus root