[Original Article] Cold starts from the foot, and feet are soaked like this in winter.
As the saying goes, the cold starts from the foot. With the advent of winter, many people open foot health mode. Especially if the elderly can adhere to the habit of soaking their feet before going to bed, it will not only help improve the quality of sleep, but also help improve the blood circulation of the feet, dispel the cold, and promote metabolism. If you add an appropriate amount of mugwort leaf or ginger in the warm water of the feet, it will strengthen the effect of warming the meridian and dispelling cold.
Hua Tuo's "Foot Heart Way" says: "Wash your feet in spring and take off the sun. Wash your feet in summer, and you can remove the dampness in summer. Wash your feet in autumn, moistening your lungs and intestines. Wash your feet in winter, and your abdomen is warm and burning." It shows that feet can be soaked all the year round, and when used properly, it can also produce different effects.
spring feet, liver qi expressed in the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, liver is wood, corresponding to spring. When the spring makes the yang qi develop, the human liver will also adapt to this change, constantly developing the liver qi, making the qi of the whole body become tuned. Therefore, we should adapt to the changes of seasons and put nourishing liver first in spring. Rose is warm in nature, entering the liver and spleen meridian. "Food Materia Medica" believes that roses are the main treatment for the lungs and spleen, benefit the liver and gallbladder, ward off evil and evil, and eat fragrant and sweet, which is refreshing. Adding roses when soaking feet in spring is conducive to the expression of liver qi and makes people feel refreshed .
soaking feet in summer can remove heat and dampness. Chinese medicine believes that "soaking feet in summer can remove heat and dampness in summer". Soaking feet in summer helps to get rid of heat and dampness. Add tuckahoe, lotus leaf in the water, with heat, spleen, dampness effect. According to the concept of "winter disease and summer treatment" in Chinese medicine, if you can insist on soaking your feet every day in summer, it can also have a certain effect on the treatment of asthma and other diseases.
Soak your feet in autumn. There is an old saying that nourishing qi and nourishing yin: after autumn, cold rises, soak your feet to dispel cold and eliminate all diseases. Autumn can be through the feet, improve sleep quality, uplift the spirit, promote blood circulation, improve resistance. When adding mulberry leaves and yam to soak the feet, it has the effect of nourishing yin, tonifying spleen, lung and kidney, stabilizing liver yang, clearing lung and moistening dryness.
Soak your feet in winter, warm meridians dispel cold, three yang meridians of the feet and three yin meridians of the feet meet each other. In winter, yin qi is abundant, yang qi is declining, and you cannot infiltrate the meridians and collaterals. Qi and blood are not smooth. Therefore, both hands and feet are cold. At this time, evil qi is easy to cause from bottom to top. If you add an appropriate amount of mugwort leaf or ginger in the warm water of the feet, it will strengthen the effect of warming the meridian and dispelling cold.
Ginger to drive the wind and cold. Take a large piece of ginger, beat it flat or slice it with a knife, add a spoonful of salt, boil it and soak your feet. Ginger in traditional Chinese medicine belongs to the pungent warm table medicine, has the function of dispelling cold table. If you encounter external cold, fear of cold and wind, and your muscles are sore, you can soak for about 20 minutes and sweat slightly.
cinnamon warm kidney yang take cinnamon 15 g, add water and boil 20 minutes before soaking feet. Cinnamon in traditional Chinese medicine with warm spleen and stomach, warm liver and kidney, dispelling cold pain, swelling, is a warm medicine. Can relieve swelling caused by kidney disease.
Honghua Huoxue Huayu Take Honghua 10 g, decoct in a casserole, then remove the residue from the decocted concentrated solution, pour it into a foot soaking bucket and add a proper amount of hot water. Safflower, sex Xin, warm, return to the heart, liver meridian, with blood circulation, scattered stasis and pain. People with joint pain and dysmenorrhea can try soaking their feet with safflower water.
Nocturnal rattan helps sleep, take Nocturnal rattan 50 g, add water and boil 20 minutes, then soak your feet. Nocturaticum sweet, slightly bitter, flat, return to the heart, liver meridian, with nourishing the heart and tranquilizing, dispelling wind, dredging collaterals. "Justice of Materia Materia" records its "cure the night and sleep less safely". With blood deficiency, distracted and other symptoms of insomnia patients can try to use. Manic, true fire with caution.
Schisandra chinensis Bushen Ningxin Take Schisandra chinensis 20 g, add water and boil 20 minutes before soaking feet. Schisandra sour, sweet, warm, return to the lung, heart, kidney. "This Jing" records that "the main qi, cough against the upper qi, labor and injury, make up for deficiencies, strengthen yin, benefit men's essence". Commonly used Schisandra foot soaking can also make people feel at peace, regulate nerve function, and is conducive to the balance of human organs, regulate qi and blood, and smooth meridians.
water temperature should not be too high, and the time should not be too long. the water temperature should be 40 ℃ ~ 45 ℃, and it is better not to exceed 50 ℃. When soaking your feet, you can sweat slightly, not profusely. Because the sweat hurts Yang, the loss outweighs the gain. From 7: 00 p.m. on
to 9 , foot soaking is the time when kidney meridian qi and blood are the weakest. plantar blood vessels will expand due to the stimulation of warm water, which is beneficial to invigorating blood circulation, thus accelerating the blood circulation of the whole body and achieving the purpose of nourishing liver and kidney. It is not advisable to soak your feet within half an hour after a meal, which will affect the supply of blood to the stomach and cause indigestion.
Wooden barrel is the best choice for soaking feet because the barrel has better heat preservation effect, slow cooling, and high vertical height of the barrel, which can soak above the lower leg and has better effect. The chemical composition of metal pots such as copper pots is unstable, and it is easy to react with tannic acid in traditional Chinese medicine to generate harmful substances such as iron tannate, which greatly reduces the efficacy of drugs.
After soaking, remember to massage and keep warm while your feet are hot. Then wear a pair of warm socks and drink a cup of warm boiled water to promote metabolism. When the whole body heat slowly recedes, you will fall asleep, and the effect will be better.
Symptomatic foot soak effect is better In the case of not knowing their own constitution, it is best to soak your feet with clear water. If you plan to use traditional Chinese medicine to soak your feet for disease prevention and health care, it is recommended that you, under the guidance of a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, issue a foot-soaking prescription according to personal physique syndrome differentiation, and soak your feet according to symptoms, which is more scientific and effective.
Patients who can take the traditional Chinese medicine decoction with dregs can soak their feet with the remaining dregs during decocting. Mainly because the oral administration of traditional Chinese medicine is based on the patient's physical condition dialectical selection, so the use of dregs foot bath is also appropriate.
six categories of people are not suitable for foot; 1 foot skin disease or ulceration patients. 2. Pregnant, menstruating women. 3. Patients with severe cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and tumors. 4. Patients with varicose veins, venous thrombosis, lower extremity arterial occlusion. 5. Severe diabetes, diabetic foot. 6. People with severe anemia and physical weakness.
(Author: Jiang Ying)