We’ve finally made it through the long northern hemisphere winter and there’s no doubt that we are witnessing the Earth waking up. March is my favourite time of year. The energy that has been laying dormant is finally starting to rise and in a few weeks we will have the Spring Equinox. There’s a sense of renewal in the air; spring flowers and warm earth tease our senses and the blackbirds return to the gardens where they were born.
Spring in Chinese Medicine
In many cultures, Spring is celebrated as the beginning of the lifecycle. In Chinese Medicine, this is symbolised by the element wood, with trees that embody this element being the ultimate symbol of creation and growth. Ultimately, this is the time of upward, expansive energy; of growth, but at the same time there is a firmness and flexibility in wood – it is interdependent on the environment in which it thrives.
Just like the seasons it’s important that we align our bodies with this energy in order to benefit from the natural vibrancy of the season. Ultimately, this is a time for cleansing and letting go of any stagnant energy that’s accumulated over the long Winter months. It’s a time for projects and for love; for the beginnings of all things new and wonderful.
The Liver and its partner, the Gallbladder, are the organs in charge of spring. The Liver rids the body of toxins and is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and Blood and in this sense, it is responsible for managing the smooth flow of our emotions. It stores blood, nourishing and supporting our self esteem, managing the menstrual cycle and provides a stable foundation for the heart and mind. The Gallbladder works alongside the liver and supports us with making decisions, and helping aid our digestive function.
The emotion associated with the Liver is anger, so if you are feeling any anger, old or new, it could be a sign your Liver is out of balance. Headaches, pain, high blood pressure, red eyes, dry eyes or floaters are also signs of a Liver imbalance. Equally, digestive issues, menstrual or immune problems, high blood pressure and dry skin can indicate issues with the Liver or Gallbladder.
For more information on how to bring your liver/wood element into balance, send me an email or book an appointment, I’d love to help you.
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…”It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden