Spring and Wood Element

 
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In Chinese Medicine, the season of spring corresponds to the Wood element and there is energy of new growth, creativity, visioning, and planning.

Spring is related to the Liver and Gallbladder meridians, and these organ systems are more prone to imbalances. Around this time of year, I often see clients coming in with symptoms of allergies, colds, sinus congestion, irritability, anger, frustration, indecision, waking up around 1-3am, constipation, headache, menstrual irregularities, eye issues, muscle spasms, and muscle tension. The Liver is prone to qi stagnation, so be sure to stretch and exercise for a smooth flow of energy and creative expression.

Here are ways to renew and freshen up your life this Spring season:

1. Clean up your diet. Eliminate processed junk, artificial additives, alcohol, sugar, and inflammatory foods. Begin to lighten up your diet to shed the excess heaviness and dampness from the winter. 
2. Tidy up your home. Sweep, mop, vacuum, scrub, dust! Make sure that everything is clean and there's no accumulation from the year past. De-clutter and organize storage spaces. Give away, donate, and get rid of what you no longer use or need. Create space for fresh energy to flow. 
3. Let go of old patterns and habits. Disengage from negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and habitual behaviors that are blocking you from where you want to be. Bring mindfulness to positive thoughts, new storylines, and better habits that support the changes you want in your life.
4. Freshen up your surroundings. Notice the people and places that drain your energy. Shift towards being around what gives you the feeling of being nourished and rejuvenated.  
5. Renew your intentions. Set aside time to get clarity on actions going forward and plant seeds of intentions, visioning what you want to grow and blossom. The increase of yang in the coming spring will provide a catalyst for your intentions and projects to grow.

When there are changes in the seasons or changes in your life, it's a good time to make an appointment for a wellness tune-up. Acupuncture helps keep your body and mind in balance so that you can adapt to changes well and maintain optimal health!