In spring, nature wakes up; birth and growth occur. In Chinese medicine, spring is a Yang season, it belongs to the wood element, and it is associated to liver health.
In Spring, while the liver is activated, it is also prone to damage. If you experience escalated agitation, insomnia, poor digestion, a little extra attention and love to the liver does no harm.
So How? Liver hates stagnation, loves flow; it appreciates an appropriate diet, quality sleep and balanced emotions.
Spring is a Yang season, it can create certain level of dryness. Consciously increasing water intake can quench the thirst and irrigate internal organs. Favoring greens and fruits, reducing the amount of spicy food and alcohol, could also nourish the liver and give it a well deserved spring break.
*Start your day with a cup of hot water with some lemon and honey, it is known to help many with their digestive system and liver detox.
The quantity of sleeping hours is not as essential as the quality of your sleep. Chinese medicine charted a biological clock for internal the organs according to observation of each organ’s function and behaviour. The ideal bedtime for a healthy liver is before 11pm. The liver rests and replenishes between 11pm to 3am. Chronic insomnia and the habit of staying up late can create unnecessary burdens for liver function.
We know extreme emotions can make us fall out of balance. Anger and rage are especially harmful for the liver. The liver likes well balanced emotions. Spring is a good time to do relaxing and enjoyable activities, such as outings in nature. If you do experience agitation or have anger management problems, it is important to seek professional help.
Acupuncture and massage therapy sessions are great ways to help you adapt to seasonal changes, do not hesitate to contact us if you need help or information.