Solar Day: 立冬 Li Dong (The Beginning of Winter)

Posted November 21 2017

"Long before there were x-rays, cat scans, and blood tests, traditional healers used noninvasive methods to ascertain personal health, talents, and character. From their understanding came a deep appreciation for the unity of the mind, body, and spirit. For the Oriental diagnostician, the body is the physical manifestation of the soul. Body and soul are one. The body is both a symptom and a symbol of the spirit. Oriental diagnosis is the art of seeing beneath the superficial to the profound; of revealing the inner truth."

- From Reading the Body: Ohashi's Book of Oriental Diagnosis

What is Solar Treatment?

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, one of the key points of Staying healthy is to maintain harmony between humans and Earth. Have you ever noticed that certain health ailments spark up during specific times of the year? TCM practitioners recognize that there is a vital energy, called Qi, circulating within the body through pathways, called meridians. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, there are 24 special days a year when specific  meridians open within the body. These dates are closely related to changes in weather and agricultural production. During Solar Treatment, an acupuncturist targets these opening "at risk" meridians to strengthen the body and prevent seasonal ailments during this energy transition. 


Date: November 7, 2017

Solar Term 立冬 Li Dong marks the beginning of winter. On this day, the large intestine, stomach, and liver meridians are most affected. 

Follow these recommendations to Stay Healthy with the Seasons:


  1. More protein and "warm" foods such as: lamb, beef, chicken, milk, soy/almond milk, sesame, peanuts, yam, pumpkin, chestnuts, walnuts and cinnamon.
  2. More "moist" foods such as: beans, dairy, yogurt, cheese, pear, apple, and soups.
  3. More roots such as: carrot, yam, burdock, daikon, beets, potato, radish and taro.

Diseases to Treat: Respiratory disease, chronic cough, asthma, bronchitis, sinus, cardiovascular disease, heart problems, circulation problems, varicose veins, high cholesterol, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, dizziness, ear problems, and eye problems.


  1. Protect lungs: wear a scarf around neck morning and evening when outdoors..
  2. Improve kidney and stomach yang (fire) energy. Keep warm.
  3. Avoid excessive sweating for any reason including: sauna, hot shower, exercise.
  4. Calm and clarify the mind.

Sleep: Go to sleep early and get up later.

Exercise: Meditation, deep breathing between 3-5am, skiing, hiking, yoga, tai chi. 

  • Back Exercise 1: sit on floor with both legs straight and slowly touch your toes with both hands
  • Back Exercise 2: sit on the floor, hold both hands together, grab your toes with both hands and straighten legs as much as you can.