Traditional Chinese Medicine sees our internal health as nested within the larger eco-system of the natural world, including the seasons. By example, we wouldn’t prescribe a down jacket in summer or a bikini in winter (except maybe in San Francisco). Each season has qualities unique to it, that reflect back into our bodies. Some are obvious, like the heat of summer creating more heat inside our bodies, causing symptoms like heat stroke or hives. Others are more subtle, like the effects that internal heat can have on the stomach or emotions.
Below are some general qualities of each season, the organs they affect, a list of beneficial foods best eaten during each phase of the year, and a few foods to avoid. Keep in mind that to create an optimal plan, specific to you, it is helpful to work with your acupuncturist. She can help you understand the specifics of your internal patterns and how to best care for them in each phase of the year.
|Zang (yin): Organs||Liver||Heart||Spleen||Lung||Kidney|
|Fu (yang): Organs||Gall Bladder||Small Intestine||Stomach||Large Intestine||Urinary Bladder|
|Food||Green Bell Pepper||Beet||Cabbage||Broccoli||Kale|
|Food||Green Lentils||Red Lentils||Garbanzo Beans||Almonds||Kidney Beans|