Monthly Archives: February 2015

Spring Foods for the Chinese Solar Spring

On the Chinese solar calendar, Spring started on February 4th 2015, which is half way from the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The anxiously awaited arrival of spring signals the time of rebirth, renewal and growth, as the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen says “Spring grows.” What lay dormant and barren in the winter is now bursting forth with lush green growth. Fresh grass carpets the rolling hillsides and flowers are once again in bloom. In nature, this newly emerging life signals “new beginnings” which also applies to people. It is time for us to shake of the Yin energy of winter and its function of storage in the body changing to give expression to our Yang qi which leads to movement and growth. Spring awakens our senses; we feel rejuvenated, more alive and the urge to “get moving “is strong. The Neijing also says, “The Three Months of spring are called spring forth and display. Heaven and earth
together produce life.