Monday, August 18, 2014

Foods for Autumn Eating

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Autumn is affiliated with the element of metal and associated with the lung organs. Chinese dietary therapy suggests the use of pungent foods to strengthen one’s Lung qi. Lung qi or energy is not restricted to respiration. Many of the functions of the lungs in TCM would equate to the western ideal of immunity.

Autumn is a wonderful time to use curries and other aromatic spices to strengthen one’s lung qi or immunity.  Is the taste of turmeric or curries is too strong for you, then basil or cardamom may be more appropriate. Using pears is a wonderful way to improve one’s lung qi and associated immunity.  Baked or poached pears are a wonderful breakfast treat or healthful dessert.

Baked pears may be made by placing fresh pear halves from four whole pears into a shallow baking dish. Mix ½ cup of water , ½ cup honey and 1 tablespoon of ginger ( or to taste but not less than a teaspoon).  Top the pears with the mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Poached pears can be made by combining the pear halves with a ½ cup of apple juice combined with enough water to cover the pears.  Add ½ teaspoon or more of each of the following spices: clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Goji berries can also be added to support kidney function. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for about 12 minutes. Eat and enjoy a delicious way to stay healthy!!


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