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Change of seasons

Change of seasons

Our secret to transitioning from summer to fall!
Do you find yourself swooning over the sight and smell of anything pumpkin? Are you pulling out your coziest sweaters from last year? Fall is here. The season is short, however, very important to setting up proper immune functioning for the winter months to come.
As many of you know, naturopathic medicine is largely rooted in the traditions of ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese truly understand the value of preventative medicine.
During the transition of seasons, Traditional Chinese Medicine supports this process using the change of season soup.
 Let’s break it down.
The soup incorporates botanicals that strengthen our immune systems and aid our body’s ability to deal with stress.
Herbs you’ll Need:  Codonopsis Root, Astragalus Root, Dioscorea, Chinese Lycii Berries
Step by Step:
1.     Combine equal parts of each herb.
2.     Add the herbs to a large stock pot of water (about 4 liters) and put a lid on it.
3.     Bring soup to a boil and let simmer for 2-4 hours (if the water level becomes low, add more water to refill)
4.     When finished, remove the herbs and allow the soup to cool.
For two weeks, during the transition of seasons, sip on this soup in your favourite mug!

By: Dr. Emily FitzGerald, ND

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