Chinese Food Therapy Fights Cold Season with Spice

Jill Neukam of The Clinic of Acupuncture in Maple Grove shares how a holistic method can help your immune system.

Did you know that fall is the time of the lung and large intestine? At least in the world of Chinese Food Therapy it is. Jill Neukam of The Clinic of Acupuncture in Maple Grove integrates Chinese Food Therapy into her practice. Read her tips below to get your body ready for the fall—and winter—seasons, and check out the feature in our September issue (available Sept. 1 at to learn more about holistic health options in the Maple Grove area.

“Chinese medicine considers the lung to be the first defense of the body. The lung will fight with external pathogenic factors when they invade the body. This can impair lung function and cause symptoms such as: sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose, cough, headache, body aches, feeling cold or a sore throat.

Spicy taste goes to the lung and can help the lung to expel wind and cold pathogenic factors from the body, especially in winter and in cold seasons. This is why Chinese medicine suggests adding a little bit of spicy flavors to your cooking in winter to help your immune system avoid cold and flu. Food such as: spring onion, ginger, garlic and pepper.” –Jill Neukam, The Clinic of Acupuncture

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