Throughout the world and in Chinese Medicine, Spring is a time of awakening, rebirth, and growth. Life is waking up from the slow, quiet, slumber of Winter. The days are getting warmer and longer while the nights are getting shorter. Flowers are blooming, trees are turning green, and animals are becoming more active. This is the Wood element in full effect! Energy is moving upward and outward just like the leaves & branches of a tree.
In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians. These meridians aid in the smooth flow of Qi and emotions. The primary emotion of the Liver is Anger and the Gall Bladder governs decision-making. Together, they nourish the tendons and ligaments of our joints as well as supporting our eyes and the digestion of food.
Because Spring is the season of the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians, you may experience symptoms related to their functions during this time.
For example, you may feel more emotional, irritable or indecisive. You may also experience more headaches, aching joints, or muscle tension/spasms. These are all indications that the Liver & Gall Bladder may be out of balance.
If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, there are simple things you can try at home:
Go for walk (or run/hike/bike). Moving that (Liver) Qi will go a long way.
Do a simple stretches or a little bit of yoga to loosen tight muscles and develop fluidity of the tendons & ligaments of your joints.
3. Eat your greens!
Green is the color associated with the Liver & Gall Bladder. Add green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, bok choy, cabbage, and even dandelion greens
4. Get Acupuncture! Spring is a great time for a seasonal health tune-up and can address most of the symptoms listed above.
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