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Uncategorized Apr 17, 2017

Classical Chinese Medicine, Spring And Your Health

Spring is generally regarded as a happy season, especially for those that live in areas where winter is cold and dark. It brings with it longer days, more sunshine, rebirth of plants, and more activity. But for many, the months of spring can also bring irritability, anxiety, sinus issues, allergy flare-ups, and even colds.

Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) has been around for 3,000 + years, which gives the medical system a lot of credibility. CCM classifies things in many ways. For example, there are five seasonal associations - winter, spring, summer, late summer, and fall. Each season with its own unique set of properties and associations as well. Spring is associated with the wood element. The wood element governs the liver and the gallbladder and their energetic pathways. This dynamic interplay of seasonal change and the corresponding elements work to create balance and harmony or chaos, all depending on how we care for ourselves daily.

The season of spring is a time of expansive movement, growth, creativity, and planning. Since the liver and gallbladder are associated with the tendons, and are responsible for the smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body, our daily activities should reflect this. Being more active and spending more time outside can be great ways to strengthen the liver and gallbladder energies during the months of spring. We should imitate the budding trees and flowers and allow ourselves to grow and reach for bigger and better goals during the spring.

Nourishing During Spring

Green is the color of spring in CCM. During these months, fresh greens are abundant. Consequently, it is highly recommended we incorporate more fresh greens into our daily diets. Greens have been shown to be very beneficial for helping the liver do its job, detoxifying the blood. Dandelion greens and fresh nettle are a particularly good source for detoxification, which ultimately strengthens the liver and gallbladder meridians.

It is also recommended to avoid excessive stimulants during the spring months. Things like coffee are considered expansive and energizing, which can be somewhat helpful during the cold winter months.  But during the spring, when life is abounding, excess energy can be harmful to the body. It can create headaches, insomnia, anger, and more.

Staying Balanced In Spring

When a person is completely balanced, transitioning from one season to another is not such a big deal.  However, knowing what elemental type you are can also be very beneficial in determining how you will react to each passing season. For instance, a person who has a wood element constitution may experience anger during the spring. This is because the wood element is already closely associated with the emotion of anger and spring brings added stimuli that can trigger fits of rage.

One way to keep the body balanced is through acupuncture and CCM. The body is designed to maintain proper balance, but we tend to not pay attention to the warning signs of disruption until we experience pain or illness.  Getting regular acupuncture treatments can work as preventive medicine, providing harmony throughout every season of the year.

If you experience feelings of anxiety, anger, or even self-loathing, acupuncture can help.  It can also help with those seasonal allergies that might flare-up. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to maintain health and balance all year long. Be sure to find a well-trained acupuncturist in your area, so you can enjoy spring without any emotional or physical impairment.

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