Rebirth and growth is in full bloom! There is a sense of renewal and rebirth in the air. Seeds sprout and spring up from the Earth, flowers bloom, and the sun begins to warm us.
While winter was a time to conserve energy and minimize activity, spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit.
The beginning of spring, combined with the amazing super moon we just experienced, can contribute to a stirring within. You may have noticed that you are sleeping a little restlessly, feeling slightly irritated, overwhelmed or anxious. Below I have included a little on Chinese Medicine, how we view this time of year and tips to get you bouncing through and ready for the exciting summer to come.
The Five Element Principles
The five elements refer to wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The Five Element principle describes the flow of Qi, blood and fluids within the body. According to the principle, all change in the universe and your body, occurs in these five distinct stages. Each stage has an association with a particular time of year, a specific element in nature, a pair of organs in the body, sensory organs, a taste, a colour… actually anything you can think of fits into the continuously changing five element theory. Change links together the seasons, aspects of nature, internal organs and all bodily processes. A practitioner of Traditional Medicine will use the principles of five-element theory to diagnose and treat any health problems that may occur by linking foods, herbs, and acupuncture points to balance the energy flow within. Once your body receives the right information, balance can occur and the body has the ability to heal itself.
Spring is a great time for rejuvenation and cleansing. Our sunken winter energy starts to make its way out from deep within the Kidneys, our pulse becomes more superficial and our Qi (energy) more dynamic. If we choose to take advantage of the energetic nature of spring we can rejunvinate and cleanse ourselves with ease, preparing for an active, healthy summer ahead.
Spring is represented by the wood element; the paired yin and yang organs are the liver and gallbladder. The two main organs that we target for springtime cleansing and health regimens.
Organs: Liver, Gallbladder
Emotion: Anger & Passion
Learn more about the Liver and Liver Qi Stagnation
Put Some Spring into Your Step
According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver organ is responsible for promoting the smooth flowing of Qi (energy) throughout the body. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity is free and flexible, tasks are completed with ease; we wake rested and ready for the day. When we become stuck on tasks, irritated and wake without a spring we can look to our liver and question that maybe we need our seasonal acupuncture tune up.
How Can I help My Liver This Spring?
Stretch and Breathe
The liver controls the tendons and quality of blood that nourishes us. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health and flexibility. Integrate a morning stretch into your routine. Try yoga and Qi Gong.
Do Eye Exercises
The liver opens into the eyes. Although all the organs have a connection to our eye health, the liver is mainly involved in proper eye function and strength of vision through tendon, ligament involvement and blood quality. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer monitor, it is important to extend you gaze and adjust your focus from near to far and don’t forget to blink.
Green is the color of the liver and of springtime. Eating young plants – fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses – can improve the liver’s overall functions and aid in the movement of qi.
Sour is the flavour of the liver, the nature of the sour taste is astringent, just think of your lips and eyes as you suck a lemon. This taste has the same effect on the liver meridian, who’s function is opposite to the liver organ and astringes fluids to the liver to increase the viscosity, volume and quality of the blood, which nourishes and feeds our whole body. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.
Be Active in Nature
Movement, fresh air and the connection to nature is delicious for our liver energy, promoting flexibility and free flow of our ideas and emotions. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out liver qi stagnation. Try hiking one of the many beautiful mountains we have at our fingertips or bask in the glory of our ocean as the dolphins do.
Try Herbal teas such as milk thistle
Milk thistle helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides and environmental toxins.
Get Seasonal Maintenance Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine help to improve overall health. Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to nourish the inner organ systems and correct niggling annoyances before they become serious problems.