April 14, 2020
Do not nourish yin and moisten the lungs in the humid season
Fish maw, bird’s nest, snow fungus and snow swallow are some of ladies’ favorites as they all have the effect of nourishing yin, moistening the lungs, and improving skin quality. The dishes cooked with these ingredients are very popular. Chinese traditional medicine promotes balance in lifestyle and diet. In spring, when the weather is warmer and the humidity increases, eating these ingredients may cause excessive yin and even increase the body’s dampness. Ingredients that can nourish yin and moisten the lungs are suitable for a body with yin deficiency and dryness. Yin deficiency is characterized by lack of fluid in the body, strong yang qi, dry eyes and dry mouth, hot palms and feet, hot flashes, excessive sweating, yellowish urine, dry stool, and even constipation for those with frequent late nights, preference for spicy food, those with chronic illness or those in menopause. Their bodies lack fluid and they need to eat ingredients that can nourish yin to balance. Excessively nourishing yin will increase burden on the body, hinder the functions of spleen and stomach, and cause dampness symptoms such as loss of appetite, chest tightness, abdominal bloating, fatigue, edema, etc. Therefore, in the wet spring, it is advisable to temporarily avoid the ingredients that can nourish yin. You should strengthen the spleen and stomach and nourish the liver and lungs, and enjoy healthy living according to the season.