24 Solar Terms – Summer Solstice (Xiazhi)

Summer Solstice Chinese 夏至

24 Solar Terms – Summer Solstice (Xiazhi)

 

Although Xiazhi, the summer solstice falls on the longest day during the summer solstice, it is not the hottest time of the year.

It is because the heat is still accumulating on the earth surface, and has not reached the maximum time. As the saying goes, "hot in three volts", around mid-July to mid-August, the temperature in all parts of China is the highest, with the maximum temperature in some areas reaching about 40 degrees.

From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, the summer solstice is the most prosperous season of yang. Since the Yang energy is so strong, it might leak out of the body. One should pay attention to protect and maintain the yang energy in the body.

For a daily routine, one should follow the changes of the yin and yang of nature, and sleep late and get up early. As for exercise, walking, jogging, Tai Chi, and radio exercises are recommended. It is best to avoid extreme exercise. If you sweat too much, not only do that hurt the Yin energy, it would also damage the yang. After excessive sweating, you can drink lightly salted water or green bean soup. One must not drink cold water, and certainly not a cold water shower. Otherwise it will aggravate humidity and coldness related diseases.

As for diet, to balance between the flow of Qi between heart and lungs, it is advised to eat more bitter food. Summer is the season of sweating, with that, the salt loss is also more. And if there are lack of salt in the heart, the heart beats would appear abnormal.

Watermelon, green bean soup and black plum bean soup are good to soothe the thirst in summer, but please avoid having them frozen. Summer climate is hot, people's digestive function is relatively weak, therefore, the diet should be light and should not be greasy. One should also eat more grains to cool down the body. Avoid eating hot-natured food, so as to reduce heat in the body. Appropriate amount of cold food is okay but too much can damage to the spleen and stomach. It is also best to avoid greasy food because that might aggravate diseases like scabies.

Here is a recipe that can help reduce the heatness in the body during Summer:

Lotus leaves Poria rice porridge:

[Ingredients]

1 lotus leaf  (fresh or dry), 50 grams of Poria, 100 grams of rice or millet, sugar to taste.

[Steps]

Boil the lotus leaf to a concentrated soup, remove the leaf and add the Poria, washed rice or millet to the soup, simmer it for 45 minutes, add sugar to taste and serve.

[Effect]

Clear the heat from the body, calm the heart and soothe the nerves, beneficial to patients with cardiovascular disease and neurasthenia.

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