October 23, 2021
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. Vegetation changes color and leaves start to fall.
Here are some useful health cultivation tips for Frost Descends (Shuāng Jiàng):
1. 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 this warming quality. Persimmons can also help improve resistance to the cold and protect the bones.
2. 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.
3. Fruits such as apples and pears are beneficial during this time of year as they 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.
4. Getting some acupuncture wouldn’t be a bad idea. During this metal season, “tune up” sessions to optimize wellness, particularly in healthy patients, is strongly recommended. Our clinic provides acupuncture treatments for a range of seasonal issues.
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.