December 7, 2021
Major Snow or Dà Xuě (Chinese: 大雪) is the 21st of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms and the last term before the Winter Solstice. The third of 6 Winter Solar Terms, this period is marked by significant drops in temperature. Snowfall becomes heavier, lakes and rivers start to freeze, and rainfall is common in warmer climates. Here in Southern California, weather is expected to also be colder, with rain and snow in some communities.
Here are some useful health cultivation tips for Major Snow:
1. These chilly winter days are the perfect time to enjoy some rice congee. Porridge has been known to nourish the body during cold weather and increase one’s internal heat. Common toppings for rice congee include cilantro, Chinese chives, scallion, dried shrimp, ginger, orange peel, celery, and goji berry.
2. Needless to say, it is more important than ever to be on guard against the outbreak of respiratory illness during these colder months. Be sure to dress appropriately. Wearing a warm coat and a scarf to protect the neck and throat. It tends to be colder and colder during Major Snow, so be sure to drink plenty of water, but not too much, especially following exercise.
3. During this time of year when Yin energy in the environment is at its highest, it is important to get more sleep. Go to bed earlier. Sleep is one of the best Chinese medical prescriptions for nourishing the Kidney and strengthening the Qi.
4. Our body is made up of Yin (cold) and Yang (heat). Maintaining a balance between these two is important. During Major Snow, it is best to eat food with high calories to preserve the Yang in our body. Mutton and beef tend to have more fats and contain more energy. Mutton soup with radish is a popular Chinese specialty that would be perfect for nourishing Yang.
For more information on seasonal health cultivation, schedule an appointment with one of our student interns or licensed practitioners at the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic. Tele-health consultations are also offered by our experienced senior practitioners. Call today. 310.577.3006.