The Spring Season

Updated: May 28, 2019

We are well into Spring, the season for new beginnings, excitement, cleansing, renewal and movement as the plants and trees that were dormant during winter are now blooming with new growth and life. The expanding energy of Spring in nature is similar to the energy also taking place within our body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Spring season is associated with the Liver organ which is considered the General responsible for the smooth circulation of Qi in the body.

A Liver that is balanced and functioning properly creates an inner sense of emotional and physical wellbeing and freedom.

Associations of the Liver in TCM:

  • Element = Wood

  • Sense organ = Eyes

  • Color = Green

  • Tissue = Tendons, nails

  • Taste = Sour

  • Emotion = Anger

  • Season = Spring

Common Symptoms of Liver Imbalance:

  • Depression

  • Anger or Irritation

  • Shoulder and Neck tension

  • Headaches or Dizziness

  • Tiredness

  • Digestive disorders

  • Menstrual disorders

  • Interrupted sleep

Connecting to the Spring Energy and Staying Healthy:

  • Eat more greens including spinach, kale, lettuce and other green leafy vegetables

  • Enjoy a healthy green smoothie from your local juicer

  • Exercise to soothe the Liver’s function of Qi circulation

  • Wakeup early as mornings are the Spring of the day

  • Add sour to your diet such as grapefruit, lime or a slice of fresh lemon in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning

  • Relax and breathe easy, meditate daily or take walks in nature

  • Don’t over exert yourself allowing your energy to gradually build so as to not feel depleted come Fall and Winter

  • Let go of old emotions and past grievances

  • Drink dandelion tea, dandelion is an amazing food and medicine that helps to cleanse the Liver and treats depression

  • Schedule treatments to harmonize your Liver and help your body adjust and attune to the new season

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