24 Solar Terms -
11 December 2023

24 Solar Terms -" Winter solstice"

"Winter Solstice, the 22nd solar term among the twenty-four solar terms, falls on either December 22nd or 23rd each year. In ancient times, there was a saying, 'Winter Solstice marks the birth of Yang.' This implies that from Winter Solstice onward, Yang energy gradually begins to rise, making it a crucial time for health preservation. Winter is the best season for health 'savings.' During winter, everything is in a state of rest, and one's spirit is deeply hidden within. By aligning with this season and following the health preservation principle of 'winter storage,' focusing on more 'savings' and less 'expenditure,' individuals can achieve longevity and good health.

During the cold weather of Winter Solstice, the body needs sufficient energy to resist the cold. Meat, being rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, has the effects of nourishing Qi, promoting blood circulation, and warming the body from within, making it an excellent choice for supplementation. For women, consuming meat during Winter Solstice can help neutralize the cold, accelerate endocrine functions, and enhance the body's resistance against the harsh cold.

Key points for health preservation during Winter Solstice:

  1. Calm Mind and Reduce Worries (i.e., 'Strengthen without competing with the times; the spirit extinguishes thoughts.') - Recommendations for middle-aged individuals:

    • Maintain an optimistic and cheerful spirit, avoid exhausting the mind with trivial matters, and do not overly pursue fame and fortune.
    • Use the brain reasonably, consciously develop intellectual capacities, cultivate a good character, and find a spiritual pillar for your career.
    • Appreciate the strengths of others, and in addition to work or study, spend time listening to music for boundless joy.
  2. Dietary Regulation:

    • Zhongjing Tang introduces a medicinal diet prescription for 'winter supplementation':

      • Eight Treasures (Angelica, Rehmannia, Goji Berry, Peony, Atractylodes, Poria, Jujube, Licorice).
      • Four Ingredients (Angelica, Peony, Chuanxiong, Rehmannia) (Lotus Seeds, Euryale Seeds, Chinese Yam, Poria).
      • Single Ingredients (Ginseng, Angelica, Tianqi, Du Zhong).
    • Usage: Place the prepared Chinese herbs in a gauze bag (choose eight treasures, four ingredients, or a single ingredient according to individual conditions), immerse in water for 30 minutes in a large pot. Add cleaned poultry, pig feet, pig loins, eel, turtle, or other prepared meats to the pot along with the herbs. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat until the effective components completely infuse into the broth. The meat's soft bones should be easily pierced. The rich and fragrant taste of this medicinal diet soup will surely whet your appetite."

 Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae

Angelicae Sinensis

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