The yin introspective energy of winter is giving way to the yang expansive energy of spring. The concept of reaching outward while staying firmly rooted is brilliantly revealed with the newly budding trees, plants, and flowers arriving with their vital force pushing to the surface showing their radiant beauty. We too are a part of the microcosm of these universal energies and are internally stirred by the creative expansive nature of spring arriving.
In Traditional Chines Medicine, the principles of the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water teach us that all change occurs in these five distinct phases. Each of these phases is associated with a particular time of year; a specific element in nature and a pair of organs in the body. Spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and it's paired organ the gallbladder. The Liver nourishes and moistens tendons; sinews and eyes as well as the organ associated with the free flow of qi or energy through the body. The liver modulates the intensity of force of all body movement and process. Keeping " live qi" free flowing assures a free and easy journey in life. The liver energy is fully activated in the spring making this a time to cleanse, repair and restore our bodies and mind.
The spring awakening is an opportune time to let go of negative behaviors, unproductive though patters, and unnecessary clutter, while instead embarking upon new endeavors where goals, dreams and passions can come to fruition. A renewed commitment to taking care of health of both body and mind can take center stage. Eating foods that nourish, finding ways to move your body that bring joy and taking time to quiet the mind and listen to your inner wisdom though self-reflection and meditation can restore emotional and physical resilience. These renewed commitments to health can help with becoming more firmly rooted, centered and balance. This centered and firmly rooted place then becomes the springboard for taking flight to new possibilities and reaching height of personal growth, development and wisdom.
Acupuncture and herbal therapy can restore and renew your body, mind and spirit. Are you ready to soar?
If you would like more guidance;
The Renewal Program is here to help you along the way to developing healthier eating patterns, learning ways to deal with everyday stress, finding the appropriate exercise, restoring gut health as well as giving you healthy recipes for renewed health. Patients that have gone on the 3- week renewal have lost weight, have renewed energy to become more active and replace unhealthy lifestyle habits by initiating daily healthy habits to be used for a lifetime.
Taking care of your liver qi and immune system;
To prevent allergies and colds acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can help keep the body strong and resilient during the seasonal transition. Eating fresh green and leafy vegetable such as kale, leeks, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, are recommended to live in harmony with the spring uplifting energies. These foods help keep the wood element associated with springtime balanced and free flowing.
Getting outside and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin will renew your spirit and energy.