Issue 51, October 2015, London

Hello there...

The other day I left clinic at 7pm and it was a shock to see the sky so dark. When did the gradual end of the long summer days happen??

That’s not to say I don’t love the autumn - despite the inevitable “leaves on tracks”, October marks the beginning of something exciting and crisp. Before we get to that though, the London autumn needs to wrap its head around the change in weather, and this often means a very windy change.
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” as soup isn’t a very accurate description of such a clear and refreshing drink.
  • 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.
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.

+ Autumn and Chinese medicine
+ Wellness tips for October

Grate ginger easily with a box grater and cling film

Grated ginger is useful in lots of dishes, but grating it can be a pain. The solution is simple: wrap your grater with a little plastic wrap, and grate the ginger over the wrap. You'd think it would tear, but it doesn't, and when you're done, just lift the plastic up and scoop off the minced ginger, juice and all. Watch this video to see how.

+ Is the five-second food rule really true?

What comes after the Heimlich Manoeuvre

A family friend choked on a digestive biscuit this past weekend and it was a good thing someone was there to give him the Heimlich Manoeuvre. It dislodged the biscuit and it came flying out. It’s a good technique to have and everyone should know how to perform it on others and themselves (usually using the back of a chair), but what happens if the Heimlich isn’t enough? This article from The New York Times explains (although I definitely recommend leaving the cricothyrotomy to the professionals).

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And finally...

Jazz up your mid-week dinner with some coconut milk rice. Cook your rice as normal but use 50/50 water and coconut milk. Have it with a quick stir fry and voila! Thanks Rita for sharing a great tip!

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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