Ancient emperors had ritual systems of offering sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. Book of Rites: “Sacrificing the sun on the alter” Kong Ying Dashu: “It is also called the Spring Equinox. Qing Pan Rongbi’s Jisheng at the Age of Emperor Jing: “Sacrificing the sun on the Spring Equinox and the moon on the Autumn Equinox are the grand ceremonies of the country, and scholars and people are not allowed to worship without permission. In folks’ activities, it is generally regarded as the official start of an outing.
Since the Spring Equinox, the host, and guests of Shaoyin monarch fire are assisted by the same qi, which is the luck of wood and fire, and the two fires are added together. However, at this time, the climate is characterized by the combination of damp and heat, those with deficiency of lung qi prevent warm diseases, those with deficiency of spleen qi prevent dampness, those with weak hearts should rest more, and those with strong liver fire should mediate more.
春分养生 Spring Equinox Regimen
– 防五更晨泻 Prevent morning diarrhea
The Spring Equinox was supposed to be a period of balance between yin and yang, but in the body of yang deficiency, the weak yang cannot be balanced with yin, so the essence of yang deficiency is more easily revealed. Usually, you can use dry ginger stew or eat dry ginger stew chicken soup.
防腹痛 Prevent abdominal pain
Due to the strong wind in spring, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that wind and wood control the spleen and soil. Usually, people with spleen deficiency and white tongue coating are prone to diarrhea, and abdominal pain and diarrhea are more likely to occur. Therefore, on windy days, you should avoid the wind outside and take Li Zhong Wan under the guidance of a doctor. Prior and after the Spring Equinox, avoid getting cold. Use dried ginger for cooking as much as possible.
– 防感冒 Prevent colds
During the Spring Equinox, it is windy thus easy to catch a cold and running nose. To maintain health, it is advised to exercise more to strengthen your immunity.
– 防哮喘 Prevent asthma
When spring arrives, all kinds of flowers and plants are glowing with new colors, making people shine. People with allergic asthma develop bronchospasm, which can lead to asthma recurrence. In addition, the weather is hot and cold, causing colds and one of the reasons for asthma. Asthma is severe and can be life-threatening. Spring is the season of high incidents of asthma. If you don’t pay attention to the details of your daily life, it is easy to relapse.
– 防皮炎 Prevent Dermatitis
As temperature rises, the incidence of various spring dermatitis is on the rise. According to experts, spring dermatitis is a photosensitive skin disease, the main cause of which is the skin’s allergy to ultraviolet rays in the sun. In addition, the weather is getting warmer, and many netizens like to travel. But in spring, everything recovers, and many plants begin to bloom. Many people are prone to seasonal dermatitis after outing, which is a unique allergic reaction to this season. This disease occurs in spring and autumn, and it is more common in women. It is a type of contact dermatitis that recurs seasonally and is caused by pollen, etc.
- 饮食养生（饮食有节）Diet and health (diet with restraint)
The Spring Equinox diet pays attention to “regulating its yin and yang, replenishing the deficiency, and purging the excess”. At this time, eat more vegetables and fruits, and the meals should be light and delicious, and avoid greasy, cold, and irritating foods. Whether it is food tonic or medicinal tonic, attention should be paid to invigorating the spleen and stomach, invigorating the spleen, and removing dampness, and invigorating the middle and replenishing qi to ensure that nutrients can be fully absorbed.
推荐药膳 Recommended Medicinal Diet:
山药芡实扁豆排骨汤 Chinese Yam and Lentil Pork Rib Soup
Ingredients: 15 grams of Chinese yam, 15 grams of dried fox nuts, 15 grams dried pearl barley, 15 grams of lentils, 12 grams of radix astragalus, 10 grams of atractylodes, 200 grams of pork ribs.
Cooking instruction: First, soak the Chinese yam in water, fry the lentils and barley in a pot until light yellow, wash the pork ribs and set aside for later use. Wash dried fox nuts, radix astragalus, and atractylodes, then put all the ingredients into a soup pot, cook over medium heat for one and half hours. Season for taste and ready to serve.
Efficacy: This soup has the effect of invigorating the spleen and removing dampness, nourishing the kidney and the essence of body.
茯苓粥 Tuckahoe Porridge
Ingredients: 15 grams of tuckahoe, 200 grams of japonica rice, appropriate amount of rock sugar.
Cooking instruction: Wash the tuckahoe and japonica rice, put them into a pot together, add an appropriate amount of water, bring to boil over high heat, then lower heat and cook until rice is thoroughly cooked, add rock sugar and ready to serve.
Efficacy: This porridge has the effect of invigorating the spleen and removing dampness.
- 精神养生（恬淡虚无）Spiritual health care (tranquility)
In terms of mental recuperation, it is necessary to maintain a calm mind, maintain a relaxed, happy, and optimistic mood, to maintain the spirit of peace, and avoid great joy and sorrow, violent mood fluctuations, which are not conducive to liver qi dispersing, which corresponds to the “balance of yin and yang” in the Spring Equinox. This time is a good time for outing. It is recommended to go out with friends during sunny weather to expand your knowledge and help relieve liver qi.
- 运动养生(不妄作劳) Exercise (do not work rashly)
During the Spring Equinox, yin and yang are balanced, and the qi and blood of the human body should be kept in balance. Exercise should be neither hasty nor slow. Excessive exercise should be avoided at one time. Exercise time as far as possible in the morning, not within 1 hour before bedtime, excessive exercise at night is exciting and affects sleep. If you can only exercise at night, try to choose small activities such as walking, yoga, and gymnastics.
Always consult a physician before using any dietary or herbal supplements.
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