Refresh with a seasonal drink

Autumn has hardly begun but a lot of people coming for acupuncture seem to be feeling run down. A slight tickle in the throat, some sniffles, and just the sense that your body isn’t running at 100%.

In Chinese medicine, autumn is characterised by wind, both literally and figuratively. This can be quite a drying season for us and now is a good time to substitute the light moisturiser you’ve been using for a more hydrating and nourishing one. Frankincense is a good one or just good old coconut oil. Add hydration to your diet with avocado and oily fish.

Outwardly, protect yourself from the chilly mornings and windy lunch breaks with a scarf. A silk, colourful one is great amongst the sea of dark coats.

Some people are more susceptible to the dryness of autumn and may experience a sore or scratchy throat. This is the beginning of flu season so it’s very important to keep your immune system up.

Here’s a simple recipe to help you do just that: I like to call it “Very Simple Autumn Soup Drink” – a clear and refreshing drink that is not quite juice, and not quite soup. Hydrating and nourishing, it’s perfect for combating the dryness of autumn.


  • 2 corn on the cob, sliced in half
  • 3 carrots, cut in half
  • 2 large apples or 3 medium apples, de-cored and chopped in large pieces
  • 2 dried figs, cut in half
  • 10 goji berries (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a big pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil and then simmer for one hour. Apples can really soak up the water so make sure you keep an eye on the pot and add water accordingly – otherwise you’ll find a very dried pot (as I did once). Then simply drink the clear “juice” which is sweet and refreshing. If you’re feeling adventurous, throw in some goji berries five minutes before the end.

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