Hello, spring! The sun is shining. It’s getting beautiful outside, but why am I so agitated? Could be an imbalance of the wood element in Chinese medicine that corresponds with springtime. This article explains the season from a Chinese medicine perspective and offers tips to help you feel your best this spring.
Spring is here!
by Carolyn Laney, BA, MCM, Dipl.OM., L.Ac., CMT
“Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid.”
—Huang De Nei Jing, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine
In Minnesota it seems like spring will never come, and life will never appear again from the barren landscape. And all at once it seems, the snow melts. The trees bud and leaf. Flowers bloom and the grass grows once again. New life is everywhere.
In Chinese medicine, spring corresponds to wood in Chinese five-element theory. Wood represents the concepts of:
I feel the wood energy of spring bubbling up every year. I suddenly want to clean and organize my whole house. I want to get outside and feel the sun, plant my garden, eat lighter meals, and move my body.
One of the things that pops up for me, that I hate to admit, is irritability. If I’m not living in balance, my fuse gets short and my perspective of the world becomes quite negative. Luckily this is a common sign of wood element imbalances and can be shifted. Wood imbalances usually manifest as:
The good news is that all of this can be shifted with diet and lifestyle modifications, acupuncture treatments, and Chinese herbal medicine. Some things to try at home include:
Have fun this season! Get outside, soak up the sunshine, and go for a walk. Enjoy all the dramatic transformation the renewing spring landscape has to offer in Minnesota. If you need a boost along the way, reach out and schedule an appointment. We’d love to help you get back in balance.
Ni, Maoshing. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary (pp. 7-8). Shambhala Publications.
Saunder, Mary. Rhythms of Change: Reclaiming your Health Using Ancient Wisdom and your Own Common Sense. Hidden Needle Press.
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