【Seasonal Health】Lesser Fullness of Grain, full but not damaged, maintain the spleen meridian at the right time

Nightingales sing in green willows, bright moon awakens the vast sky.

I love the wheat fields the most, laughing as the wind carries the falling petals.

“Xiaoman” by Ouyang Xiu


With this beautiful poem, we usher in the second solar term of summer – Lesser Fullness of Grain.

It signifies that grains and other summer crops are plump but not fully ripe, symbolizing the vitality and hope of nature.

Lesser Fullness of Grain: The wisdom of being full but not excessive

Lesser Fullness of Grain is not just a solar term, but also a moment full of wisdom. It tells us that when things reach a certain point, we should know when to stop, be full but not excessive, full but not overflowing. This wisdom of being content with less is worth pondering and learning for each of us.


Nourishing the spleen meridian during Lesser Fullness of Grain

With the arrival of Lesser Fullness of Grain, the weather gradually becomes hot and rainy, and dampness increases. At this time, our bodies are prone to excessive dampness, leading to a decline in spleen and stomach function and poor qi and blood circulation. Therefore, it is particularly important to nourish the spleen meridian during Lesser Fullness of Grain.

How to nourish the spleen meridian?

Dietary adjustment: Eat more foods that benefit the spleen and eliminate dampness, such as Chinese yam, coix seed, and red beans, and eat less greasy, spicy, and cold foods to lighten the burden on the spleen and stomach.

Exercise: Proper exercise can promote qi and blood circulation and enhance spleen and stomach function. You can choose activities like walking, jogging, and Tai Chi.

Aromatherapy: Use the energy of plant essential oils to warm the organs and limbs, and improve the function of the spleen meridian. For example, Siberian fir essential oil can promote the circulation of qi and blood, patchouli essential oil can aromatically eliminate dampness, and jasmine essential oil can promote circulation.

Important acupoints of the spleen meridian: Sanyinjiao and Yinlingquan

Sanyinjiao and Yinlingquan are two important acupoints on the spleen meridian. Sanyinjiao is located on the inner side of the lower leg and is the intersection point of the liver, spleen, and kidney meridians. Regular massage of this acupoint can benefit the spleen and blood, and regulate the liver and kidneys. Yinlingquan is located on the inner side of the lower leg and is the connecting point of the spleen meridian. Regular stimulation of this acupoint can clear heat, eliminate dampness, and benefit the spleen and kidneys.


Recommended formula

5 drops of Siberian fir + 5 drops of bitter orange + 2 drops of patchouli + 2 drops of cinnamon + 1 drop of jasmine

Dilute with fractionated coconut oil at least 6 times the amount, apply and massage along the spleen meridian at least 3 times a week. Using a gua sha board can enhance the effect, and also focus on acupoints like Sanyinjiao, Yinlingquan, and Xue Hai along the spleen meridian.


During Lesser Fullness of Grain, let us learn from the wisdom of being content, take good care of the spleen meridian, and embrace a healthy and beautiful summer!


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