In Chinese medicine, the functions of the body are strongly related to the outside environment that we live in. Being in Colorado, we experience some of the most dry climates in the US. That can cause all sorts of mayhem within the system: dry skin and lungs, cough, allergies, sinus congestion, and dry sinuses. Because the lungs and large intestine are a yin-yang pair, according to Chinese Theory, the dryness can also lead to constipation and digestive upset.
As you know, we use food to help nourish our systems along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. In the Lung's case, pears are a great fruit to add to the diet to help moisten some of the dryness that we experience during the cold winters here. Pears help keep things fluid and nourished instead of dried out and crusty. Below is an excellent recipe to use if you've been experiencing some of the dry symptoms associated with the lung and large intestine. Give it a shot, and remember to eat it warmed up!
Baked Pears to moisten the lungs:
3-4 Asian, brown, or green pears for the recipe.
- Cut off the tops, and core out the middle. Stand upright in a baking dish with 1/4-1/2 inch of water.
- Fill the cored pears with any combo of the following: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise, nutmeg, vanilla, citrus peel, raisins.
- Sprinkle extra spices into water in dish. Drizzle with a generous amount of honey.
- Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, covered.
- Uncover and bake until the pears are soft and the liquid thickens into a runny syrup consistency. Then let cool.
Eat 1/2 a pear (or more if you like) with 2.5 tbsps of liquid every day throughout the dry winter months.