Get the Best of Autumn

Throughout Chinese history, healthcare was not the responsibility of the state but rather the responsibility of every ordinary citizen. People used their own resources to find cures when they became sick. This is why preventive healthcare is so popular in China: children are brought up with some knowledge of the nature of their daily foods; Dietary restriction is commonly understood and observed. Eating well and healthy is almost a national obsession and definitely the most valued activity of family life. 

One common method for preventive healthcare is to consume different foods according to the season. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophies, if we imbibe seasonal foods that are similar in nature to the external environment, we remain in harmony with the environment, adapt better to changes in season and stay healthy.

In autumn, the weather is dry which, according to TCM, mostly affects the lungs. It is advisable to eat more food with sour flavors and reduce pungent flavors. Sour flavors are cool in energy, and tend to move downward, it benefits the lungs' functioning.

Some people become lacking in yin fluid, experience dryness in the mouth and throat, rough skin, nasal bleeding, hair loss, and occasionally, even constipation. Therefore glossy foods can act as lubricants and promote body fluid production.

Examples of such foods include sesame, honey, dairy products, pumpkin, congee, lotus root, pineapple, pear, grape, loquat fruit, sugar cane, lily, banana and white fungus. All these moisturize internal dryness caused by lack of body fluid, and restore normal functioning of the lungs.

Pear is sort of glossy food act as lubricants and promote body fluid production.

Pumpkin is a tasty source of vitamin A & E, assisting in prevention of dryness in autumn.

Congee assists in the prevention of dryness in autumn.

Lotus roots help in invigorating the spleen and increasing the appetite.