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Seasonal health advice using Chinese medicine

The traditional Chinese medicine classic The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine contains lots of seasonal health wisdom, such as: “nourish yang in spring and summer; nourish yin in autumn and winter” and “treat winter diseases in the summer”. These concepts show how we may adjust our yin and yang energies by what we eat and do according to changes in the natural environment. Below are some examples of what we should eat during each season:

SeasonSuitable Food
Spring Coriander, Chinese chives, onions, ginger, spring onions
Summer barley-rice-bean congee, mung bean congee
Autumn lemon, orange, loquat, pineapple, sesame and honey
Winter lamb, chicken, pig's stomach, ginseng, astragalus root, loong-an, and red dates

In addition to food, Dr Yang Jun Jun, Lecturer I, Clinical Division of the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University recommends one health trick that we should do to prevent common seasonal illnesses. Let’s have a look at the video and consider adding it to your schedule this year!

*If you have any questions or need any advice on the content of these tips, please consult a registered Chinese medicine practitioner or other qualified professional.