Fall Season



Element Metal relates to the season autumn, the color white, and the organ Lung. The color white has a nurturing and tonifying effect on the Lung thus the fall season is the time to stress on adding various white foods to the diet. Together with other color foods white foods such as daikon, radish, turnip, cauliflower, garlic, onion grow in the fall. Daikon, radish and turnip are cooling in nature and clear heat and phlegm in the Lung; garlic and onion have warming pungent nature and are excellent food for common colds. Cauliflower has a neutral temperature.


A great autumn food are button mushrooms and white fungus mushrooms, which have moistening effect on the Lung and help with dry cough due to Lung Yin deficiency (to learn more about the Lung form the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine visit the Physiology chapter). (1)


One of the main climatic characteristics in autumn is dryness. Dryness attacks the Lung therefore white, moistening protein foods such as eggs, milk, dairy products are good to counteract seasonal and internal dryness. (1) Such heavy foods should be taken together with vegetables, which are rich in fibers and if raw are rich in digestive enzymes, thus will help with the processing of the above-mentioned proteins. Some white spicy foods such as garlic and onion are good to be added to enhance the digestion.



(1) Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books


Related Articles:

Spring (Element Earth)

Summer (Element Fire)

Late Summer (Element Earth)

Winter (Element Water)

The Six Climatic Factors and the Five Elements








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