24 Solar Terms -
15 januari 2024

24 Solar Terms -" Great Cold"

"Da Han" is the last of the 24 solar terms in a year. It usually occurs around January 20th in the Gregorian calendar, signifying the extreme cold weather.

During Da Han, the diet still emphasizes warm foods. The weather is quite cold during this period, so it is recommended to consume red vegetables and fruits, as well as spicy and warm foods such as red chili peppers, red dates, carrots, red apples, chicken, beef, lamb, Chinese cabbage, and rapeseed. This helps increase the body's heat energy and enhances resistance. However, Da Han also marks the transition from winter to spring, so adjustments in diet and daily routines should align with seasonal changes. Gradually reduce the consumption of nourishing and greasy foods, while increasing foods with dispersing properties to adapt to the vitality of spring. Examples of foods with a dispersing nature include ginger, green onions, Sichuan peppercorns, chili peppers, perilla leaves, and cinnamon.

In terms of health and diet, it is advisable to reduce salt intake and increase bitter flavors to nourish the heart Qi. Salty taste affects the kidneys, while bitterness affects the heart. According to the Five Elements theory, salt dominates over bitterness, and excessive salty taste can make the already excessive kidney water even more excessive, harming the heart's yang. The dietary principle is to prefer warm and soft foods, not only in terms of mouthfeel but also in the warming nature of the food, which can benefit the spleen, warm the stomach, and tonify the kidneys.

During the Da Han period, people's yang energy tends to be weak, and emotions may become low, especially for those who already have some depressive emotions or experience high work pressure. This time is more prone to entering a sensitive period of negative emotions. Adjusting the liver and gallbladder meridians during this time can not only promote the upward movement of yang energy to prevent wind and cold but also help disperse feelings of depression and oppression in the heart.

The Qi Men point is the collecting point of the liver meridian, where the qi of the organs gathers in the chest and abdomen. It acts as the liver's counselor – when the liver faces trouble, it steps forward to assist the "general" in strategizing and solving difficulties. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this point is considered the first choice for regulating the liver and gallbladder, and it has a good effect on liver conditioning, often used in clinical practice to treat hepatitis. Zhang Men, meaning "the gate of obstacles," is not only the meeting point of the liver and gallbladder meridians but also the collecting point of the spleen. It is specifically used to treat spleen deficiency and emotional depression.

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