In the months of Autumn all things in nature reach their full maturity. The grains ripen, and harvesting occurs. The wind begins to stir, and the weather cooks as Yang declines and Yin predominates.
The Fall season corresponds to the Metal element, which relates to the organs of the Lung and Large Intestine. One must practice breathing exercises to enhance Lung Qi to keep one’s defenses up for the colder months. The Qi of Autumn is dry, so it is advisable to consume moistening foods to counteract dryness, such as sweet potatoes, onions, pears, cabbage, apples, radish, and almonds. It is the time to consume more soups, stews, and roasted foods.