Good health in autumn, good harvest

  Expert interviewed: Dai Xingping, deputy chief physician of the Department of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University

   The weather turns cooler in autumn, and nature enters a transitional phase of “Yang disappears and Yin grows.” Correspondingly, the internal organs of the human body also change with nature-Yang Qi is inwardly absorbed. At this time, the body should not consume too much. Dai Xingping, deputy chief physician of the Department of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, said that the key to autumn health preservation is the word “receive.”

   Diet: Constrict lung qi. The proper “harvest” diet means to eat less spicy and divergent products, such as chili, ginger, cinnamon, Chinese pepper, etc.; at the same time, avoid fat, sweet, thick and greasy products such as frying and barbecue, otherwise it is easy to produce damp heat, damage the spleen and stomach, and help “dryness”. “For abuse, aggravate autumn dryness. Autumn is less pungent and sour. You can eat more acidic foods such as grapes, pomegranates, grapefruits, hawthorns, and more white foods, such as lilies, lotus seeds, water chestnuts, almonds, white radishes, lotus roots, yams, pears, white fungus, etc. Rich product. The elderly are often prone to deficiency of qi and yin, and should avoid eating hot and tonic products. You can take Liuwei Dihuang Pills appropriately, or choose Ophiopogon, lily, sand ginseng and other products that nourish the lungs; those with heavier phlegm and dampness should Eat a light diet and do not eat greasy food; people with chronic respiratory diseases and skin diseases should avoid eating fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.; people with a cold stomach should avoid eating raw and cold, and pay attention to keeping the stomach warm.

   Exercise: Convergence intensity. The coolness is obvious in the morning and evening in autumn. Generally, you sweat a lot during exercise. If you don’t pay attention, you will catch a cold. This season, the body’s yin essence and yang qi are in the stage of convergence and internal nourishment. Therefore, the amount of exercise should not be too large. It is better to relax and soften to prevent excessive sweating and yang depletion. Exercise should be “received”. It is best to choose easy and gentle activities with little activity, such as walking, yoga, Taijiquan, and Baduanjin.

   Mood: Converge emotions. Chinese medicine believes that autumn corresponds to the lungs in the five internal organs, and the lungs are sorrowful. Therefore, in autumn, we must try to “harvest” a good mood, so as to achieve inner peace, tranquility, and mood. There is a saying in traditional Chinese medicine that “changing laughter and exchanging lungs” means that a regular smile can expand the chest, help spread lung qi and regulate emotions.

   Work and rest: Converge sleep. Starting from the beginning of autumn, you should change your work and rest habits and go to bed as early as possible, especially for patients with high blood pressure, which belongs to the traditional Chinese medicine “surplus yang but insufficient yin”, so you must go to bed early to balance blood pressure with the help of natural laws. You can choose to sleep on your side as the main sleeping position, try not to open your mouth to breathe, in order to help the autumn harvest. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the best time to nourish the lungs is between 7 and 9 in the morning. Those who get up early can choose aerobic exercises such as jogging, Tai Chi, and Baduan Jin, which can strengthen lung function. (Our reporter Shan Qiwen)

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