Spring is a time when the natural world begins bursting with new life and new growth. The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes living in harmony with the seasons. Each season in TCM is associated with one of the five elements: wood, water, earth, fire and metal. Springtime is associated with the wood element, connecting us to the new growth. The wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder organs and with our eyes, nails, tendons and ligaments. When obstruted the wood element can present with the emotion of anger and frustration. Spring energy likes to burst forth, not be obstructed. The liver energy is also associated with planning for the future. The liver’s companion organ, the gallbladder, is associated with making decisions and judging wisely.
When liver and gallbladder energy, Qi, are moving freely in a balanced fashion, it is easier to engage with the fast growth and transformational change of springtime. It is also equally easy to feel stuck and frustrated during the spring energy surge if the associated spring organs, the liver and gallbladder, are blocked, overworked or isolated. Along with acupuncture, herbal medicine is utilized to support the functions of the liver and gall bladder energy. The herbalist is a specialist who determines the best formula for each patient based on diagnostic skills.
Functional Nutrition Assessment is another great way to encourage the heathiest liver gall bladder springtime energy. The color of spring is green and green is expressed so beautifully in plants. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Functional Nutrition both supports eating with the seasons. Greens, like kale, parsley, peas and cilantro are fun to nibble on and wonderful to salads and blender drinks.
Spring is so full of potential and it can be very exciting! We are here to help you take full advantage of the spring time energy and help you to move through any feelings sluggishness that you may be experiencing. As we enter the spring season, reach to me for a seasonal tune up.
Acupuncture is an excellent modality to get Qi flowing to all the right places, and support your internal wisdom and vision for the future. Learn more about how Nature’s Wisdom Healing Center-Mary Cetan can help you with a Complimentary Chat or reach out on form below.