The Swing Of Spring
Spring is the glorious change from the seeming emptiness of winter - flowers bloom, seeds sprout, and the sun begins to gently warm the earth. In sync with this change, we start to feel differently as well - wintertime was all about conservation of energy and low activity, spring is all about new beginnings, increased activity, and a renewed sense of spirit.
Spring is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation, and tuning into our health and well-being. In Chinese medicine, spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and gallbladder. As such, these two organs are ideal targets for springtime cleansing and health regimens.
According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for smooth flow throughout the body. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. So, for optimum health this spring, keep your liver energy free and easy by following my top 5 tips for spring wellness:
Acupuncture can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger, and frustration which are often associated with disharmony of liver energy.
The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health and flexibility. Incorporate a morning stretch into your routine, take that yoga class you’ve been wanting to try, or spend an extra few minutes stretching after your workouts.
3. All About the Eyes
The liver opens into the eyes. Although all the organs have some connection to the health of the eyes, the liver is connected to proper eye function. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer monitor for extended periods of time and do eye exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the eye.
4. Eat Green
According to Chinese theory, green is the color of the liver and of springtime. Eating young plants - fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, asparagus, etc. - can improve the liver's overall functions.
5. Enjoy milk thistle tea or dandelion tea
Milk thistle and dandelion helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and even heavy metals such as mercury. Steep a bag in a cup of boiling water for 15 mins, and enjoy!