A Return to our Roots, the Chinese Wisdom of Fall.
By: Rocio De LaRosa L.Ac
Fall belongs to the metal element, and it is associated with the Yin and Yang pair of the lung and large intestine.
Every organ in TCM has a partner – one is yin, the other yang. The lung is yin, and the large intestine is yang, and they work together to keep balance in the body. The lung is responsible for taking in the new, inhalation—which is an inward movement energetically—and we receive energy from the world around us. When we exhale, we release what we no longer need.
The large intestine is responsible for letting go of the waste. It is the last stage in digestion, and takes everything the body doesn’t need, and releases it, only keeping what is vital and important for us to function.
Emotionally, this is why fall is a good time to look at things we might be hanging on to, and working through them so that we can let them go for good.
Beneficial Foods in Fall/Autumn
Because the weather begins to cool off in autumn, it’s best to eat less cooling foods, like salads and raw foods. To support the digestive system, transition to warmer foods is recommended, such as soups and stews because they are warming and easier to digest.
Warmer foods also help nourish the body and support the immune system throughout the winter months.
These are some recommendations of foods to be eaten during the fall season.
Root Vegetables: sweet potato, onion, radish
Nuts and Seeds; Walnuts, Almonds
Other Vegetables: Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Mustard Greens, Winter Squash, leeks
Autumn Fruits; Apples, pears, apricots, Grapefruit, Plums, Bananas
Lentils and Legumes; Navy Beans, Soy Beans
Warming spices & Herbs; Garlic, Ginger, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Cardamom
Others; Rice, Miso, Eggs, Sauerkraut, Olives, Pickles, Vinegar, Cheese, Lemons, Limes
Tips for Fall/Autumn
Wear a scarf and protect yourself from the wind.
Eat warm foods and liquids.
Boost your immune system—get acupuncture regularly.
Nourish the lungs’ energy; breathing deeply, expanding the chest and getting fresh air.