Tea Change Time...
I was reading a recent article in The China Daily (the Chinese government's national English daily newspaper) this morning and came across an interesting article called "Expats must learn to go with the flow".
The article was some advice from a TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) doctor about how we should prepare for the coming winter season. First we should switch from drinking Wulong tea to drinking Pu'er tea. Apparently there are different teas for different seasons:
-in summer drink green tea
-in autumn drink wulong tea
-in winter drink pu'er tea
-in spring drink jasmine tea
The next thing the doctor says is that "Westerners usually have more yang factors in the body, but not enough yin factors". Too much yang leads to hardness but that allows us to warm up, thus enduring the cold winters of northern China. Excessive yang also means that foreigners aren't as patient or flexible as Chinese. To correct this, we should nurture our qi and avoid drinking cold water or eating cold foods.
I guess I need to buy some pu'er tea.