Late Summer/Transition Recipes
The days are growing shorter, the air has a crisp bite and the kids are back in school, the change of seasons is here again. We are drifting from Summer into Late Summer. Many of us have heard of Indian Summer or Late Summer, but in Chinese medicine, this is a special season all its own. In truth, this is not at one particular time of the year, rather Late Summer or ‘Dojo’, as it is called by the Japanese, is the buffer between each of the four main seasons. It is time of balance when we shift from fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to summer and summer to winter–the two weeks centered around the equinoxes and the solstices. In 5 Element theory, this season corresponds to the Earth Element.
“Later Summer” is one of the 5 seasons of Chinese medicine. Also called “Doyo”, Late Summer actually refers to the transition of all seasons: spring to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter and winter to spring. It’s days surrounding the equinoxes and solstices. Continue reading