Sept 7, 2021
White Dew or Bái Lù (Chinese: 白露) is the fifteenth of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms and marks the arrival of autumn with its cooler temperatures, which may cause moisture in the air to condense in droplets of dew on blades of grass and tree leaves during the nighttime. Here in southern California, we have seen a return to cooler nights and relief from the hottest temperatures of summer. “White Dew” is a reference to the Five Elements, with white being the color associated with the Metal Phase, and the autumn season. Health cultivation this season is focused on the ‘Three Preventive Measures: Preventing Dryness, Cold and Preventative Care”
Here are some useful health cultivation tips for White Dew (Bái Lù):
1. Preventing Dryness – Nourish the Yin. As dryness is a significant external and environmental factor in the Fall season, preventing dryness is critical in maintain good health this time of the year. In additional to adequate hydration, this is a good time to nourish the Yin-component of the internal organs, especially Lung-Yin. Season fruits such as grapes and pears are excellent in moistening the Lung and nourishing Yin. TCM herb-food such as Da Zao (Jujube Dates, fresh and dried), Long Yan (Longan fruits – fresh and dried) are also useful in nourishing Yin and Blood.
2. Avoid consuming excessive cold foods or drinks. It is important as the environment grows colder to maintain the body’s internal warmth. Rice congees are perfect for White Dew in that they are eaten warm and gently moisten, while also supporting the Spleen and Stomach. Pear Congee is traditionally eaten during White Dew for just these reasons.
3. Preventing (external) Cold. As the environmental temperatures begin to drop, it is important to keep the body warm and protected against external cold elements. Dressing appropriate, often in layers, is helpful in ensuring the body is insulated against external cold.
4. Preventative care. For individuals with chronic illnesses that have a tendency to flare up in the Winter, now is the perfect time for a preventative ‘tune up’ session with your acupuncturist to strengthen the Lungs and Kidney, nourish Blood, enhance energetic (Qi) circulation in your body, and optimize your health in preparation for the winter season.
For more information on seasonal health cultivation, schedule an appointment with one of our student interns or licensed practitioners at the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic. Tele-health consultations are also offered by our experienced senior practitioners. Call today. 310.577.3006.