In TCM, this is the Fifth Season. It’s the last few weeks of summer right before the fall equinox. It’s a time of transition from the energizing, active Yang of the Summer to the cool, reflective Yin of Autumn. The weather changes and the amount of sunlight we get begins to dim.
Luckily there are a variety of fruits and vegetables that are available and abundant at this time of year. When these organs are vital and in balance we are able to nourish ourselves and those around us.
Eating whole grains like millet, a variety of legumes, full sweet foods such as whole fruit and cooked food especially soup will aid in the strengthening. When you’re cooking add in warm and neutral pungents. Warm pungents include: onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, coriander, mustard leaf, ginger, lavender, oregano, basil, tarragon, rosemary, sage, bell peppers, parsnips, and tea tree. Neutral pungents include: sweet potatoes, turnips, coriander and taro. Using these ingredients regularly this season will help to create a deep overall warmth that tonify and move out phlegm from the Spleen.
Although you can strengthen the Earth element at anytime, the Season of Late Summer is a particularly beneficial time to clear phlegm/damp and create stability in the body.
Offer yourself an acupuncture treatment to help balance your energy before moving into the Fall Season.