Ask Doctor Yu, Chinese medicine practitioner: Winter herbal remedies

蓮藕湯。圖片來自Flickr。

Spring and summer are the seasons to nourish one’s hot energy of yang, while autumn and winter is the time to feed the cold energy of yin, according to traditional Chinese medicine. As the seasons come and go, the unpredictable weather moves from sweltering to freezing. Drier seasons means the body needs more moisture and nourishment. Autumn dryness is considered metallic in Chinese medicine’s five elements, which affects the lungs. Therefore, the principle of autumn nutrition should be soothing nourishment to prevent dryness and irritation of the lungs. Continue reading