Posts Tagged "Autumn"

The Spiritual Qualities of Vata in Winter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Late Autumn and Early Winter are the times of year dominated by Vata dosha in Ayurveda. The warm rays of the Sun are at their minimum around Winter Solstice. The darkness of night time is at its maximum. And what is darkness if not the unknown? And what stimulates fear, if not the unknown. And is not death the greatest unknown of all, that all humans are naturally afraid of. And which month symbolizes death? Spring is growth and life and new things green. Summer is the accomplishment of all that Spring started. Autumn is the harvest, but also...

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Ginger Root Tea Recipe for Winter

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

Here is a great ginger root tea recipe for cold weather in Winter or Late Autumn. A basic principle in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda is that life is a warm process. Its a process of warm transformation of cold air and raw food stuffs into warm, 98.5 degree blood and, in the stomach, a digestive soup that is 101 degrees, even warmer than the body temp overall. This basis of life, the transformation of air, food, and sleep into the energy of life is a process involving gas exchanges, maceration, chemical lysis, etc. It is a process that takes...

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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn Fall Autumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that is also verging on decline. In Autumn the celestial Qi, which is another way of describing the effects of the sun, moon, stars, and of course the weather (that in turn is a function of the effects of the sun in terms of the seasons), recedes in Autumn from its full bloom of summer....

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Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian pollutants from the Imperial Valley. At its best the Santa Anas are simply dry, at their worst, dry, windy and very hot. Allergies and sinus conditions are worsened by this weather. What can you do? Acupuncture My first line of treatment for allergies is acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture can help nip respiratory allergies (allergic...

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Wakame Sea Vegetable with Turnip, Pear, and American Ginseng

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012

    Wakame is a delicate, mild tasting, low calorie sea vegetable with a succulent texture. A favorite food in Japanese and Korean cuisine, it is traditionally cooked in miso soup, served on its own as a cold side dish (sunomono), or cooked with foods like kabocha squash. It can be adapted into American cooking in salads, soups, stews, as a side dish, and even added into raw sauerkraut. It compliments grains from barley and quinoa to rice and millet. Wakame looks black in the package, but turns a delicate green color when cooked, brighter if blanched briefly in...

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Healthy Living for Vata in Autumn: Tips/Template

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

Health Tips for Vatta   The core of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet. You cannot cure with a drug or herb what you have created with a lifestyle. You must correct what is wrong and use the herbs. Here is a template for a health lifestyle for Vatta. In real life, we are all bi-doshic, (some few are tridoshic) so this must be adjusted by your Ayurvedic consultant to accomodate your primary and secondary doshas….   *establish a regular routine of food, exercise, rest, and sleep *do an Ayurvedic self-massage with warm sesame oil...

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Vegan Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011

Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn This is a wonderful pureed vegetable or pureed veggie soup, depending on how you serve it, that is based on an African ground nut (pea nut) and squash soup I tasted way back in 1984 at The Prophet restaurant in Encinitas, California.Nuts In Africa this soup would be made with boiled raw peanut and squash ground to a paste with African palm oil and herbs. I don’t prefer peanuts, so I make it with either boiled raw almond or toasted almond butter or tahini. Tahini gives a creamier texture than almond butter,...

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Turnips and Parsnips and Parsnips and Turnips and Pears!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2010

One of my favorite places for home cooking in San Diego’s years past was Mr. Zia’s Afghan restaurant, on 30th St. in North Park. Mr. Zia became a friend, and even took me to the Afghani mosque during Ramadan. For those of you in San Diego, his son Khaled owns a “healthy” pizzeria on Adams Ave., named after his father, Zia’s, and has lots of vegan choices. http://www.ziagourmetpizza.com/ One of my favorite dishes at Zia’s was his turnips. Another was his cooked pears. They were made with the same recipe. I have made this with parsnips, too. Parsnips are...

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Arame Salad for Autumn

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010

One of my favorite sea vegetables is Arame (Eisenia bicyclis), which grows wild, in the unpolluted waters off the coast of Ise, in Japan. Arame (pronouced Ara-may), besides having a sweet name, has a mild flavor and lovely texture. It can be added to soups and casseroles, or sauteed with vegetables. I like to add it to baked Kabocha squash and onions. But my favorite way to serve Arame is as a salad. Its so simple. Boil water. Add Arame. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Drain.For two cups of Arame, Slice about 1/4 cup of red onion.Coarsely grate about 1/4...

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Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010

Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn This is a wonderful pureed vegetable or pureed veggie soup, depending on how you serve it, that is based on an African ground nut (pea nut) and squash soup I tasted way back in 1984 at The Prophet restaurant in Encinitas, California. In Africa this soup would be made with boiled raw peanut and squash ground to a paste with african palm oil and spices. I don’t prefer peanuts, so I make it with either boiled raw almond, or, my preference toasted almond butter or tahini. Tahini, if you use the one...

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Balancing Vata Dosha in Autumn: Avert the Danger that Has Not Yet Come

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010

Balancing Vata Dosha in Autumn is important because Autumn is the time of year when everyone’s Vata Dosha elevates quite naturally, due to the windy, dry and cold weather that develops. Psychologically, too, Autumn is the transition from Summer to Winter, there is a loss of sunlight, and Winter was the time of year when humans in the temperate zones had to struggle to survive, so there is a certain subtle elevation in the kind of fear that elevates Vata. Vata is the dosha increased by fear and uncertainty. Vata dominant types tend to respond to stressors with anxiety...

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Staying Healthy with the Seasons: Fall in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010

Fall, the Hinge Between Summer and Winter In Chinese medicine, Fall and Spring are seen as the “hinges” between Summer and Winter. The seasons are a kind of love dance between heaven and earth. In Summer, Gaia (Mother Earth) opens like a flower, her energies are at their maximum, she flourishes and reaches up to embrace her cosmic lover. In Winter, she withdraws, taking her energies back into the core of her being. It is a time of maximum Yin, whereas Summer is a time of maximum Yang. A Time of Wind Fall and Spring, like hinges, are full...

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Warming Baked Root and Squash Stew: Vegan or Not

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009

One of the things we look at in Chinese Dietary Therapy is, what are the effects of particular cooking styles on the “energetic” quality of the food; here energy refers to the warming characteristics of the dish. Whereas steaming and quick boiling are mild, and introduce the least amount of heat energy by cooking, and therefore are excellent for spring and summer vegetables and for folk with heat disorders like eczema, baking is a nice way to bring heat energy deep into the foodstuffs, and is excellent for people who are cold and weak, cold and damp, or for...

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Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe

Posted by on Jan 26, 2009

  Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes Recipe Autumn and Winter are ideal times for the warming, grounding quality of of pancakes. But why use pre-packaged, over-salted, sugary, low-fiber pancake mixes whose pre-ground grains may or may not be fresh, when it’s so easy to make it yourself. Here is today’s recipe– spicy like my mom’s spice cake, low-fat, naturally sweet without sugar, and with as little salt as you want.. If you like salt, add some! You control what goes in to the mix. So use some quality sea salt if you need to. Trader Joe’s has...

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