The yin of winter is followed by the yang of spring. Spring is associated with the Wood element in Chinese Medicine. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal and Wood is strong and flexible. The energy that we have been storing in winter can now be activated. This is a time of opening, blossoming, giving birth and coming into existence.This transition can feel very challenging for many people.
The Wood element governs the liver and gallbladder organ systems. When we take extra special care of the liver in spring, the liver and gallbladder make possible moving towards intentions set in winter. Like all beginnings spring starts slowly. Doing the same keeps us in balance.
TCM practitioners may detect an imbalance by observing symptoms such as stomach pain, acid reflux, stomach distention or diarrhea illustrating a disharmony of the liver and spleen. Physical symptoms of a Wood element imbalance can be musculoskeletal tension, hormonal imbalance, digestive disturbances, allergies or skin issues. Emotionally we may see more frustration, irritation, anger, rage and less patience. We need mental flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, to make decisions and have courage to take action. Cleansing the liver and lungs brings balance to them accomplished through Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary theory.
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Read the full blog on a special herbal formula to support you in Spring and 12 Other Ways to Help Your Liver by Jennifer Ward, LAc.