As temperature rises outside, birds are singing louder, buds are emerging from the ground, and tiny leaves pop and unfold from bare branches. Life begins to appear around us again.
It’s my favorite time of the year!
Springtime in Chinese medicine represents growth, and rejuvenation.
It’s a time for new beginnings.
Five Element theory refers to wood, fire, earth, metal, and water in Chinese Medicine paradigm. The Principle of the Five Elements describes the flow of Qi and the balance of yin and yang. Each element corresponds to internal organ systems with correlating colors, emotions, and other symbols.
Spring season corresponds to the Liver system and its paired organ, the Gallbladder.
Liver, in Chinese medicine, rules the flow of Qi or the energy within us. Liver can easily be suppressed and stagnant during stressful times which causes discomfort and malaise in our physical and emotional states.
Liver Qi normally flows downward when in balance, otherwise it may “rebel” upward and cause Liver Yang to rise. Symptoms of Liver Yang rising include irritability, headaches, and the propensity to lose one’s temper.
The Gallbladder assists the Liver, but on its own, it rules decision-making.
In the Spring, Liver and Gallbladder energetics are more surfaced and sensitive. Our energy is ready for renewal, and the Liver and Gallbladder are ready to maximize the flow of Qi, get unstuck, get decisive, and restore balance.
So, Spring the ideal time to cleanse and detoxify our mind and body!
That’s why we will be starting a week of again Clean Eating Reset on the first day of Spring this year, March 20.
Join me and my community as we eat clean, restore energy and balance for one week in honor of the beginning of Spring!