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Now that the winter is over and energy has been reserved with the reduced actively of this season, Spring has arrived bringing with it new beginnings, regeneration and the renewal life. The days are longer and brighter. The sun warms the earth, flowers bloom, seeds sprout and the lambs are born.
Spring is a special time of the year for the Chinese people as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. As this is a time for clearing out the old and bringing in the new, it is a good time for cleansing and rejuvenation health and well-being.
As Spring is represented by the Wood Element and includes the liver and its coupled the organ, the gallbladder, these two organs are usually targeted for springtime cleansing and healthy replenishment.
The element associated with Spring is wood, the colour is green, the nature is yang, the organs are the liver and gallbladder and the emotion is anger.
According to the theory of Chinese medicine, the Liver is responsible for the smooth movement of Qi throughout the body. When the Liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. So for optimum health this Spring, put a spring in your step and move your Qi.
Stretching is a good place to start as the Liver Controls the Tendons. In Chinese Medicine theory, the Liver Stores Blood during the time of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining healthy tendon movement and flexibility. The morning time is a good time to stretch into your day: Yoga, Tai Qi and Qi Gong are very good ways for gentle stretching.
Green is the colour of Spring and of the colour associated with the Liver. Eating young fresh leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses can help overall to improve the Liver’s functions and the movement of Qi.
The taste associated with Spring is Sour, so food and drink that have sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver functions. You can add this taste by putting lemon slices in your water, using vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing and adding pickles to your food intake.
Chinese medicine theory states: “The Liver Opens into the eyes” or the liver is connected to eye function. It is important to mind your eyes by regular eye tests, not forgetting to take breaks from looking at the computer so as not the over tire or strewn the eyes and doing some eye exercises.
Getting outside and doing outdoor activities, being out in the fresh air and the renewal of Spring helps the Liver function smoothly.
Milk thistle is good as it helps to protect the liver from toxins we take in, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and heavy metals. It encourages the liver to cleanse itself from these toxins. It is said it can help lower cholesterol and help people who have type 2 Diabetes and Cirrhosis.
Get Acupuncture treatments: acupuncture can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with this organ too.
So, this Spring give your Liver a healthy boost!!