March 20, 2022
Vernal Equinox, also known as Chūn Fēn (Chinese: 春分), is the 4th of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. It marks one of two times of the year when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length. Each solar term is divided into three pentads consisting of 5 (rarely 6) days, with each pentad named for corresponding cycles of nature. The pentads for Vernal Equinox are as follows: (1) Swallows arrive (xuan niao zhi, 玄鸟至), (2) Thunder sounds (lei nai fa sheng, 雷乃发声), and (3) Lightning begins (shi dian, 始电),
Here are some useful health cultivation tips for Vernal Equinox:
1. The ancient Chinese medical classic, the Huang Di Nei Jing, encourages the eating of seasonal foods to help preserve health. In many parts of China it is a custom to eat spring vegetables during the Vernal Equinox. This can mean different foods in different places, however the health benefits of a diet rich with fresh vegetables is undeniable, so consider making a trip to your local farmer’s market.
2. During this time of year, Yang-qi begins to rise as we move toward spring and summer. Be sure to get to sleep early and rise early, and avoid doing things that damage Yang energy, like staying up late at night, or getting too angry. Nourish Yang-qi during Chūn Fēn will help us all to maintain a sense of balance.
3. This is the season for nourishing the Liver. As the liver is associated with the wood element, we must avoid the buildup of too much heat, as this can manifest in a number of ailments, such as skin inflammation and ulcers in the mouth. Avoid spicy and overly rich foods and instead enjoy those seasonal vegetables we mentioned before. Bean sprouts, edamame, broccoli, and cabbage, as well as other green foods nourish the Liver during this time of year.
4. It is important during this time of the year to dispel any remnant dampness accumulated from the previous winter season. Through at combination of acupuncture, cupping and herbal supplements, you can optimize your body and health as it transitions into the new Spring/Summer seasons.
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