Spring Equinox – Chūnfēn 春分
In ancient China, 24 solar terms, or Jiéqì, existed to guide farmers in agricultural affairs and farming activities throughout the year—each of these periods lasting approximately 15 days. The Jiéqì are based on the sun’s position in the zodiac and reflect changes in climate, agricultural production, natural phenomena and other aspects of living.
Today is Chūnfēn, also known as Spring or Vernal Equinox. Chūnfēn is the fourth solar term. It occurs annually on March 20th and signals an equal length of day and night—a pivotal turning point from yin to yang.
With our bodies existing as a microcosm of the world surrounding us, health care should focus on following nature’s progression. As the period of Spring Equinox begins, we must nurture the development of yang qi. With this in mind, it is recommended that one should go to sleep early and get up early, control one’s temper, eat Spring vegetables and avoid spicy foods. ‘Spring vegetables’ refers to seasonal vegetables that differ from place to place. The ancient teachings of the Huang Di NeiJing Suwen suggest that people eat seasonal foods to help preserve health and bring good luck.
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