Spring has bloomed and there is a beautiful energy that comes with this season. Its a time where we naturally feel like growing, moving, expanding, cleansing and becoming social again.

While winter was a time to conserve energy and reduce activity, spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being. Spring is represented by the wood element in Chinese Medicine and includes the liver and its complementary organ, the gallbladder, these two organs are usually the primary targets for springtime cleansing and health regimens.

Seven tips to put some Spring into your step:

Stretch – The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health and flexibility. Incorporate a morning stretch into your routine. Try yoga, thai chi (qi) or walking regularly.

Rest the Eyes– The liver opens into the eyes. Although all the organs have some connection to the health of the eyes, the liver is connected to proper eye function. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer for extended periods and rest your eyes in your palms for 30 seconds – its very rejuvenating.

Eat Green – Green is the colour of the liver and of springtime. Eating young plants – fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses – can improve the liver’s overall functions and aid in the movement of qi (energy)

Taste Sour – Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver’s qi. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle

Do more outdoor activities – Outside air helps liver qi flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out that liver qi stagnation. Try hiking, golf, yoga or tennis.

Enjoy milk thistle tea: Milk thistle helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and even heavy metals such as mercury.

Maintain regular acupuncture treatments: Acupuncture can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, irritability, anxiety and anger, which are often associated with liver qi disharmony. Book an appointment. 

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