October 23, 2022
Frost Descends or Shuāng Jiàng (Chinese: 霜降) is the eighteenth of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms and the last of the six solar terms of autumn. It is so named as this is the time of year when frost begins to form in Northern China. Each solar term is divided into three pentads consisting of 5 (occasionally 6) days, with each pentad named for corresponding cycles of nature. The pentads for this period are as follows: (1) Wild dogs start to sacrifice beasts (犲乃祭獸), Plants wither and shed leaves (草木黃落), and Hibernating insects plug up their burrows (蟄蟲咸附).
Here are some useful health cultivation tips for Frost Descends (Shuāng Jiàng):
1. Autumn is traditionally understood as the time when cold Yin chi rises and hot Yang chi declines. This transition can be difficult, but it can be made easier through quiet reflection and meditation. Just as the trees shed leaves and release seeds in Autumn, we too should let go of burdens, negativity, and unhealthy behaviors which no longer serve us
2. As the weather becomes cooler, it is important to preserve internal warmth by dressing appropriately and consuming foods that warm the spleen and stomach, such as stews and soups. Cinnamon and other gentle warm spices are appropriate spices to use during this time of year as they possess a warming quality. Persimmons also help improve resistance to the cold and protect the bones.
3. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fall is the season of the metal element which is associated with the lungs. It is important during this time to supplement the Lungs and prevent upper respiratory tract infections. A beneficial traditional tea for late Autumn is Jin Qi Hua Cha (金芪花茶). Simmer 5 grams of Huang Qi and 3 grams of Jin Yin Hua in 1 cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool slightly before drinking. This tea supplements Qi, boosts immune function and clears heat. Visit the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic for a variety of nourishing herbal treatments.
4. Fall fruits like apples and pears moisten the lungs, quench the thirst, and aid digestion. Pears clear away heat. Chestnuts have a warm nature, nourish the spleen and stomach, and can relieve coughs. Dates (or Jujubes) are commonly consumed during this time of the year as they are rich in vitamins and can decrease blood pressure.
For more information on seasonal health cultivation, schedule an appointment with one of our student interns or licensed practitioners at the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic. Tele-health consultations are also offered by our experienced senior practitioners. Call today. 310.577.3006.