February 19 is Rain Water, the 2nd of the 24 Solar Terms.
Our ancestor said: “When the east wind thaws, the ice and snow are scattered and turned int water, which turns into rain, hence the name of this solar term, Rain Water.” When the rain falls, all things are blessed.
After Rain Water, people clearly feel that the spring is returning to the earth, the spring flowers are blooming and the world is full of spring, and the refreshing breath inspires the body and mind. So, how to maintain health in the rainy solar term?
起居有常 Maintain a regulated lifestyle
The weather changes during Rain Water Solar Term, coupled with the cause of the epidemic, it is easy to cause emotional fluctuations, affecting people’s physical and mental health, and it is even more unfavorable for patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, and asthma. It is necessary to take a positive mental adjustment and health exercise to maintain emotional stability. During the rainy season, it is necessary to ensure regular daily life and maintain work life balance; during the pandemic period, it is necessary maintain self-protection, physical, and mental health.
春捂防寒 Spring cover and prevent cold
After Rain Water, the moisture in the air increases, resulting in not only low temperature, but also cold and wet weather conditions. This wet and cold climate has certain effects on human internal organs and joints.
The elderly and children should “cover in spring” to prevent “spring cold.” Avoid using or drinking cold water for the elderly and infant and dry your hair in time after washing. It is advisable to maintain a moderate diet, eat hot meals and hot dishes, and avoid or cautiously eat warm and hot foods such as peppers. Some people think that liquor can prevent new coronary pneumonia, but it is not the case. Liquor cannot prevent new coronary pneumonia. It is better not to drink or drink less liquor during the raining season.
调养脾胃 Nourish the spleen and stomach
The weather becomes warmer after Rain Water, the wind is drier, the morning and evening are colder, so you should consume more fresh vegetables and juicy fruits to replenish the body’s fluid. Diet should consist of less sour and more sweet foods, and you can choose leeks, lily bulb, Chinese yam, water chestnuts, etc.
In the aspect of spiritual adjustment, one should keep calm and have few desires, and do not work rashly, as to nourish the vitality. In life, conform to nature, protect vitality, and follow the laws of natural changes. This way, the spleen and stomach are coordinated, which can promote and regulate the body’s metabolism and ensure the coordination and balance of life activities.
During Rain Water, due to the increase of rainfall, the humidity is aggravated, and dampness is easy to trouble the spleen and stomach. There is an old saying, “A thousand colds are easy to get rid of, but a dampness is difficult to get rid of.” Therefore, during this period, we must pay attention to the maintenance of the spleen and stomach and strengthen the spleen. These four therapeutic recipes for dampness are good choices.
砂仁陈皮鲫鱼汤 Tangerine Peel and Carp Soup
Ingredients: Carp fish, fructus amomi villosi, tangerine peel, cilantro, ginger
Cooking instruction: Clean the carp fish and panfry on low heat until both sides are slightly yellow. Crush the amomi villosi, soak the dried tangerine peel to remove the flesh, wash and chop the cilantro; put the carp fish and ginger together in a casserole, add an appropriate amount of water to boil, then change to low heat and cook for two hours, add cilantro and salt for taste.
Efficacy: Invigorating the spleen and removing dampness, carp fish has the effect of warming the spleen and stomach, diuretic and reducing swelling, and amomi villosi can dispel dampness and strengthen the stomach and is used for vomiting caused by dampness in the spleen and stomach.
莲子薏苡仁排骨 Pork Ribs with Lotus Seeds and Dried Pearl Barley
Ingredients: Lotus seeds, dried pearl barley, pork ribs, rock sugar, ginger, garlic, peppercorn, salt, rice wine, sesame oil
Cooking instruction: Soak lotus seeds, peel outer layer and remove the germ, stir-fry together with dried pearl barley. Wash pork ribs and put them in with lotus seeks and dried pearl barley, add ginger, garlic, and peppercorn to the pot and cook until they are mildly cooked. Remove the foam and let cool for later use. Place soup into a new pot, add rock sugar, salt to a simmer, and cook until thick, add pork ribs, rice wine, and stir fry, then pour in the sesame oil and ready to serve.
Efficacy: Invigorate the spleen, those with weak spleen and qi can eat more.
猪肚术槟粥 Pork Belly Porridge
Ingredients: Pork belly, atractylodes (bai zhu), betel nut, ginger, japonica rice
Cooking instruction: Wash the pork belly and cut into pieces, put the atractylodes and betel nut in medicine bag, put them into a pot together with the pork belly, add water to boil, then switch to simmer for about 1 hour and then remove the medicine bag. Add japonica rice to make porridge, add salt for taste and ready to serve.
Efficacy: Pig belly can invigorate the spleen and nourish the stomach, treat diarrhea, infantile malnutrition embolism. Atractylodes can warm and nourish qi, remove dampness in the spleen, betel nut promotes qi and diuresis, and treats edema, and dampness.
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