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Springtime Health Corner
A Chinese Medicine Perspective on How to
Care For Your Body Through the Seasons of the Year
By Rebecca Hindman, L.Ac.
True Nature Acupuncture
Austin, Texas

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
-Robin Williams

After a brief spell of winter in Austin, Spring is upon us. Hopefully you got to rest and digest after the holiday season. If you gave yourself the rest your body usually needs during the cold weather, you might be ready to take action, a natural impulse in the spring.

In Chinese Medicine the springtime is associated with the wood element and the organs of the Liver and Gall Bladder. While Winter is the seed phase as the plant is dormantly waiting, Spring is the transformative phase where the sprout bursts forth.

In terms of our daily life it is associated with taking action after resting. Acting from a place of clarity about what the next step is. In the body, the Liver is the commander of the free flow of Qi and blood. When the Liver is not freely flowing you can begin to feel stuck and irritable... almost cabin fever like. You may even feel a full congested sensation in your ribs and solar plexus.

On an emotional level, when the wood element is out of balance you might have more bouts of anger, depression or both. For women, PMS, cramping and pre menstrual breast distention are all types of congestion emanating from a wood imbalance. Too much liver stagnation can lead to other types of stagnation in the body like constipation.

The Gall Bladder is associated with having the "gall" or the audacity to move forward with your life. When your wood element is not in harmony as it relates to the Gall Bladder, on an emotional level it can show up as timidity or holding back.

What are some things you can do to take care of the Wood element this spring ?

  1. Do a spring dietary cleanse. This can range from cleaning up your diet and adding more greens into your meals to a full blown juice fast. (consult your health care practitioner before fasting)

  2. Elongate your limbs through yoga or other activities. Stretching helps you to awaken and open your meridians.

  3. Move your body. From running to Tai Chi classes, movement is great way to facilitate the free flow of qi.

  4. Spend time outside. This gives you time to explore your environment and delight in all of the new vegetation.

  5. Eat more fresh greens and add lemon or lime to your drinks. Both harmonize and invigorate the liver qi.

  6. For a seasonal tune-up, schedule a visit with your local Acupuncturist.

  7. Allow yourself to follow your impulses and inspirations. Start that conversation. Take that class. Write that poem. Let it flow.

Rebecca Hindman serves greater Austin with the natural therapy of Chinese Medicine. Sign up to receive a free e-book to learn more about how Chinese Medicine can help your journey to optimal health.

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