Spring with Traditional Chinese Medicine – Part 1

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Despite the light snow falling out of my window, the first signs of spring are here. We can hear the birds, the crocuses are peaking through the earth and even the trees are waking up from this long winter.

Springtime is associated with the Wood element. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Wood element represents the Liver and the Gall Bladder. The Liver functions as the “official of strategic planning”. This is where we find our vision of the future. Spring is a time to renew, to encourage new growth and creativity. The Gall Bladder assists the Liver by giving us the ability to make decision and judge wisely. Without Wood’s vision and plan, decision and direction, no movement is possible- there is only frustration.

This Wood element organ is perhaps the most congested of all organ in the modern person. Too much fat, chemicals, intoxicants and denatured food all disrupt the hundreds of intricate biochemical process of the liver. Too much stress is as detrimental as poor nutrition. To help to unblock stuck energy, acupuncturist chose among hundreds of points. These truly help, especially during the transition from one season to the other. Nevertheless, there are many things that you can do for yourself for living in harmony with the spring season.

– Begin your day early, with a brisk walk. Start to spend more time outside, feel the sun on your face, take the time to look at nature waking up.

– Begin new things –at home, in your work and in yourself. During this season, Nature re-invents itself, follow the flow…

– Consider what you would like to implement in your life. The energy of spring brings vision. Take a chance.

Next week, we will look at the physical and nutritional approach to spring and how to transit safely to the new season.

Yours in Health,

Laurence

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