The traditional Chinese calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Jīngzhé (pīnyīn) is the 3rd solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 345° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 360°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 345°.
The word Jīngzhé has the meaning of awakening of hibernated insects. Jing is startling, and zhe is hibernated (insects). The traditional Chinese farming culture said that during Jingzhe, thunderstorms will wake up the hibernated insects, which also means the weather is getting warm. It’s also referred to as Longtaitou Festival or Dragon-Head-Raising Festival. In the tradition of Chinese culture, the dragon is believed to be the king of all insects and at same time, it is also believed to be in charge of bringing rains, and both of these are important factors in ancient agricultural society.
March 5th, 2013 is the third solar term Insects Awaken in spring this year. What are the tips for health regimen in such a period? What vegetables should we eat? What are the tips in daily life? In this article, let’s approach some common sense about health regimen in the period of Insects Awaken.
Insects Awaken usually falls on March 5th or March 6th every year, when all the little animals wake up from the winter sleep. Besides, the spring ploughing begins after the period. In some places, people eat sugarcane and “yellow rice”, which can expel insects according to the traditional saying.
The thunder in Insects Awaken is the most remarkable, as the saying goes “Thundering before the Insects Awaken period means that the cloud will not be cleared for 49 days.” In this period, though it gets warmer, there is still trace of cold lingering. There are some proverbs about predicting the weather in late stage according to the warmth, such as “Cold Insects Awaken, Warm Spring Equinox”. Cauliflower is going to bloom at this time of year. Spring is coming.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise. Don’t be Angry.
People should go to bed early and get up early, and avoid being angry in Insects Awaken period. Keeping warm is crucial to the northern districts of China with low temperature and large gap between the temperatures in the morning and evening. Spring is closely associated with liver. Poor health regimen will harm the liver. The investigations in modern epidemiology indicate that spring is the high-occurrence season for hepatopathy. So people should nourish the liver, trying to prevent the prevalence of infectious disease in spring. Those vulnerable to cold should gargle with salt water twice in the morning and evening every day. They can also drink the mixture of bruised ginger and brown sugar and boiled water.
Nourishment of Spleen and Liver to Keep Healthy Regimen
The healthy diet regimen in Insects Awaken period should be focused on food which is mild in nature, helping the hair growth, and tonifying the spleen. The selected food ingredients should include beef, quail, eel, celery, walnut, black bean, onion, pumpkin, potato, honey, date, Chinese yam, garlic, green onion and ginger, etc.