How to optimize your health in spring with Chinese medicine
Spring is a time of rejuvenation and renewal. It’s the season of growth, both in nature and in our bodies. In Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the Wood element, which is associated with the liver and gallbladder; during this time, these organs are particularly vulnerable and need special attention to maintain optimal health. In this blog post, we’ll explore some ways you can use Chinese medicine principles to support your health and well-being during the spring season.
In Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (vitale energy) throughout the body. When the liver is functioning properly, Qi flows smoothly, and we feel healthy and joyful. When the liver is stagnant or blocked, Qi can become stuck, leading to a range of health issues and the feeling of irritability, impatience and anger.
Eating foods that support liver health can help to keep your Qi flowing smoothly and your body feeling energized and balanced. Some foods that are particularly beneficial such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, bitter vegetables like dandelion greens and arugula. It’s also a good idea to avoid heavy, greasy foods during the spring season, as these can put a strain on the liver and gallbladder.
Chinese medicine charted a biological clock for internal organs according to observation of each organ’s function and behavior. The ideal bedtime for liver health is before 11pm. The liver rests and replenishes between 11pm to 3am. Chronic insomnia and the habit of staying up late can create unnecessary burdens for liver function.
Our emotional state has a significant impact on our overall well-being. When we experience intense emotions, it can throw us off balance, especially when it comes to irritability, impatience and anger, which can be harmful to the liver. To maintain a healthy emotional balance, it's crucial to seek professional help if you're struggling with agitation or anger management issues. The liver thrives on well-balanced emotions, so taking care of our emotional health is just as important as taking care of our physical health.
Spring is a time of movement and growth, and it’s important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Gentle and calm exercises like yoga and Taichi are particularly suitable for this season, as they help to move Qi and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
Chinese herbs can also be used to support liver health during the spring season. Some herbs that are particularly beneficial for the liver such as goji, Chinese jujube, mulberry leaf, chrysanthemum, ginger, dandelion root. These herbs can be taken in supplement form or brewed into a tea or, in some cases, simply added to your cooking..
It’s important to note that while Chinese herbs can be very beneficial, it’s always a good idea to work with a trained practitioner to ensure that you’re taking the right herbs in the right doses.
Warm sunshine, melting snow and green germinations are just around the corner. By incorporating principles from Chinese medicine into your daily routine, you can support your liver and gallbladder health, increase your energy and vitality, and achieve overall well-being.
Certain people experience more health challenges during the change of seasons. You might benefit from a series of acupuncture treatments to address certain health issues, rebalance your body and have a better transition into a new season. Book an appointment or contact us for more information.