The focus of health preservation in the beginning of spring is to nourish the liver.
The beginning of spring marks the start of the yearly solar terms and also signifies the arrival of a new year. According to the attributes in the natural world, spring belongs to the element of wood in the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), and corresponds to the liver among the five organs (heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys).
In terms of dietary health preservation, it is recommended to consume pungent and sweet dispersing foods, while avoiding sour and contractive tastes.
In the relationship between the five organs and the five tastes, sour taste affects the liver and has a contractive nature, which is not conducive to the generation of yangqi (positive energy) and the smooth discharge of liver qi.
For dietary health preservation, one can choose some herbs and foods that nourish and regulate the liver, and promote qi circulation. Examples of herbs include wolfberry, turmeric, salvia, and cyathula, while food choices can include warm and dispersing ingredients such as jujube, fermented black beans, spring onion, coriander, and peanuts. Radish and vermicelli soup, as well as amber peach kernel, are good dietary choices after the beginning of spring.
The liver is characterized by its ascending and active functions, and it prefers harmony and dislikes depression. In the spring, mental health preservation involves avoiding anger and melancholy, and nurturing the liver by maintaining an open mind, optimistic attitude, and a serene and happy state of mind.
During the beginning of spring, health preservation can be enhanced through traditional Chinese medicine interventions to strengthen the body's constitution and improve immune function.
Moxibustion therapy in spring has the benefits of boosting yangqi, replenishing deficiencies, preventing diseases, and promoting health. Acupoints such as Dazhui (GV14), Zhongwan (CV12), and Zusanli (ST36) can be chosen, with each acupoint being moxibusted for 15 to 25 minutes, based on the tolerance of localized skin warmth. Scented sachets can also be hung to provide aromatherapy and prevent respiratory diseases. Take 3 grams each of Rhizoma Notopterygii, Bupleurum chinense, Radix et Rhizoma Rhei, Radix Atractylodis, Herba Asari, and Fructus Evodiae, grind them into fine powder, put them in a cloth bag, and hang it in front of the chest to smell from time to time.