(NaturalNews) In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is the season which corresponds to the metal element: the lungs and large intestine. Fall is a wonderful time of year to strengthen and rejuvenate these organs.
Signs that the lung and large intestine may be taxed and would benefit from rejuvenation include:
Frequent colds and flu
Constipation and/or diarrhea, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease
Thick tongue coating
A diet high in meat, dairy, eggs and white flour can also contribute to difficulties with the metal element and often can show up as chronic issues of the lungs and large intestine. Eliminating or greatly reducing these foods from the diet is often helpful.
Drinking the following tea daily for at least four weeks in the fall protects, strengthens and clears mucous from the lungs and large intestine. The tea is mainly composed of fennel, flax, and fenugreek seeds and is sometimes called "Three F Tea." Seeds are best prepared as a decoction and need to be simmered for at least twenty minutes. Full information about preparation is found below.
Traditionally comfrey was added to this formula. Now comfrey has been replaced by nettles as the FDA has warned against the internal use of comfrey due to possible liver toxicity from its high concentration of certain alkaloids. Herbalists of the past used comfrey extensively to treat lung ailments and loosen mucous from the lungs. Peppermint is also added for flavor though that can be left out or replaced with licorice which adds sweetness. Licorice should be avoided by people with high blood pressure.
Three "F" Tea to Strengthen Lungs and Large Intestine:
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