Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. We may only observe subtle seasonal changes here in sunny California; however pollen and flowers are in abundance. A sense of excitement and renewal seem to permeate the air as trees and plants that have been dormant during the winter months begin to bloom with new growth and life. In Chinese Medicine the season of Spring is associated with the Liver organ. The Liver encapsulates the energizing and expanding energy of spring within our bodies. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. For optimal health this spring, move your body! Symptoms of Liver imbalance
- These are some of the most common symptoms that indicate an imbalance in the Liver
- Anger or Irritation
- Digestive disorder (IBS and indigestion)
- Menstrual disorders (PMS, irregular or painful menses)
- Shoulder and Neck tension
- Headaches and Dizziness
During spring there is a tendency to experience an increase in the above Liver pathologies. But, by shifting our awareness and taking simple steps we can harmonize our Liver with the expanding energy of spring and experience greater wellbeing.
Put Some Spring into Your Step
Stretch - 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. Try yoga!
Eye Exercises - 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 perform simple eye exercises to combat eye fatigue.
Eat Green - Green is the color of the liver and of springtime. Eating young plants - fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses - can improve the liver's overall functions and aid in the movement of vital energy.
Taste Sour - Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver's energy. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.
Do more outdoor activities - Outside air helps liver energy flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out that liver stagnation. Try hiking or take up golf.
Enjoy milk thistle tea
Milk thistle 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.
Get Acupuncture treatments- Acupuncture and herbal supplementation can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress anger and frustration which are often associated with liver organ disharmony.
Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems. See how acupuncture can help you stay healthy this spring!