24 Solar Terms -
7 september 2023

24 Solar Terms -" Autumn Equinox "

Autumn Equinox, the sixteenth of the twenty-four solar terms, is the fourth solar term of the autumn season. It falls on the Gregorian calendar between September 22nd and 24th each year. With the Autumn Equinox, we truly enter the autumn season. As it marks the time when day and night are of equal length, people should follow the principles of balancing Yin and Yang in their health practices to maintain the harmony of Yin being balanced with Yang and Yang being concealed.

Chinaturel offers you 4 health suggestions for the Autumn Equinox.

  1. Emotional Health: As the weather gradually becomes drier in autumn with reduced daylight hours and lower temperatures, it's natural to experience melancholic feelings. During this time, it's important to cultivate optimism, maintain a peaceful state of mind, and address any feelings of sadness proactively. This helps to avoid accumulating negative energy associated with grief. Additionally, it's advisable to calm one's spirit to align with the balanced energies of autumn.

  2. Daily Routine: In autumn, it's recommended to go to bed early and rise early. Going to bed early aligns with the contracting energy of yang, while rising early helps the lung energy expand. To strike a balance, it's generally advisable to sleep before 11:00 PM and wake up between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM.

  3. Physical Activity: Engaging in regular physical activity is beneficial to improve circulation, increase lung capacity, and promote happiness and vitality. However, it's essential to be cautious about three aspects: a. Preventing catching a cold from exposure to cold temperatures, especially for the elderly, who should be mindful of temperature fluctuations during morning and evening activities. b. Avoiding sports-related injuries as the nervous system's ability to control the organs diminishes with age, making muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints more susceptible to injury. c. Preventing excessive exercise. During autumn, the body's yin and yang energies are in the phase of consolidation. Therefore, exercise should be in harmony with this principle, meaning that the intensity should not be excessive to prevent excessive sweating and depletion of yang energy.

  4. Diet: As autumn is characterized by dryness, which can affect bodily fluids, it's important to consume foods that nourish yin and moisten the lungs. "The Essentials of Dietetics" recommends, "In the autumn, when the air is dry, consume sesame to moisten the dryness and avoid cold drinks." It's advisable to incorporate foods like sesame, glutinous rice, japonica rice, loquat, pineapple, pear, lily bulb, lotus seed, tremella mushroom, jujube, lotus root, red beans, honey, chestnut, and dairy products to nourish the stomach and generate fluids. Sour flavors help consolidate lung energy, while pungent flavors disperse it. In autumn, it's better to consolidate than disperse, so one should "reduce pungency and increase sourness." This means consuming fewer pungent foods like onions, ginger, garlic, leeks, and peppers, as an excess of lung energy can harm the liver. Instead, consume sour foods to enhance liver function, such as apples, pomegranates, grapes, mangoes, peaches, citrus fruits, hawthorn, etc. After strenuous exercise and excessive sweating, it's advisable to replenish with a moderate amount of saltwater."

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