Health preserving during the Spring Equinox  



The general principle of preserving one’s health during the Spring Equinox is: “Fortify the body against diseases, because the wind during the Spring Equinox is strong.”

Climate during the Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox is the fourth solar term; it begins around the 21st of March. During the Spring Equinox, the Yin and Yang coordinate, the day and night are of the same length, and warm and cold air are in balance. That’s why Chinese folks always say that the Spring Equinox divides everything equally. During this period, the temperature goes up above 0℃ in China. Nature awakens in the spring and crops turn green.

Common diseases and health preserving during the Spring Equinox

Diarrhea at Dawn The Spring Equinox is a good time for balancing the Yin and Yang, but those who are Yang-deficient are inclined to have diarrhea at dawn. This kind of diarrhea is caused by disturbed digestion. Tips: Those who have pale tongues, deep and weak pulses, and those who are afraid of the cold can take some medicine to recuperate their bodies. For daily eating, chicken soup with dried ginger is suitable.

Abdominal pain and diarrhea

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that strong winds on the Spring Equinox are not good for the spleen. Those who experience deficiencies of the spleen are quick to have loose bowels. Abdominal pain and diarrhea are even more common.

Tips: avoid going outside when the wind is strong; take some medicine under the guidance of a doctor. Protect your body against the cold during this period. Use some dried ginger when cooking; ginger is helpful for warming the kidneys.

Common cold and flu

Strong winds blow hard sometimes during the Spring Equinox. It is easy to catch a cold and sneeze. Tips: Get exercise outside to develop immunities from disease


Translated by Jiang Yilingzi

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