Elemental Lessons: Metal and Taste

by in Acupuncture February 17, 2012

Each element is associated not only with a season, but with a whole set of correspondences, including a taste.

The taste belonging to the Metal element is pungent, a strong, acrid flavor.  “Anything pungent is said to scatter qi.”  Examples include: garlic, cinnamon, and ginger.

Food with these flavors are used to keep illness at bay or when a cold or flu is first setting it because they disperse qi and pathogens. They often cause sweating which is one means of dispelling an illness at the initial stages.

MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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About MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
MaryFatimah has practiced acupuncture for over 10 years, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, and nationally board-certified by the NCCAOM. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health.