Winter Health Tips
January 5 and 20 are known as “Moderate Cold” and “Severe Cold” – two of the traditional Chinese 24 Solar Terms that in theory mark two of the coldest days of the year. The 24 Solar Terms is a system to help farmers that is based on the combined study of astronomy, climate and agro-meteorology. Although Hong Kong is not an agricultural society, this wisdom can still help us in certain ways.
Chinese medicine is becoming more popular. Emphasising harmony between man and nature, it is based on the belief that changes in the seasons and in the environment impact the health of the human body, and that people can condition their bodies to adapt to these changes. Therefore, the 24 solar terms can be used as a general guide for what we should do to maintain our health. For example, drinking winter melon juice in summer to get rid of the heat or doing dog-day- and three-nine-day moxibustion to prevent nasal allergies.
Let’s listen to Dr Yang Jun Jun, Lecturer I, Clinical Division of the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University, explain the 24 solar terms and share with us some winter health tips!
*If you have any questions or need any advice on the content of these tips, please consult a registered Chinese medicine practitioner or other qualified professional.