Tips for A Healthy and Happy You—Be Spring Ready

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we think of the body as a small version of the universe around us – a microcosm of the macrocosm. As the seasons change, so should we. Humans should be adaptable; to flow with the seasons is to live in harmony. By doing this, we can avoid illness. TCM believes that each season has its own corresponding organ. Spring is the season attend to the Liver and Gall Bladder. The Liver and Gall Bladder are at their peak of activity during spring, making it a perfect time to focus on supporting their function. Here is how:

* Avoid Anger: 

  •  Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable, get angry easily, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you are experiencing a liver function problem.
  • Experiencing these emotions chronically or excessively can seriously unbalance the function of your liver.
  •  Stay calm, especially during the spring. Don’t get caught up in spring’s intense new energies! Take things easy and go slow; take a nice long walk in the park or do other gentle exercises to relax your mind, body, and spirit.

*Dress up warm, specially below the waist.

Spring occurs in the midst of what we consider Winter,  so the temperature is still cold. Dress up warm will help to keep the Yang energy within our body.

* Eat fresh, green and sour.

Eat fresh, green and sour. Incorporate sour flavor into your diet    will help to strengthen your liver’s function.

* Drink alcohol in moderation. 

Preserve your liver’s energy and give it a break.

*The eyes are the sensory organ related to the liver.

If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your liver is not functioning smoothly.

*Get acupuncture:

Acupuncture is an amazing and gentle way to even out any internal blockage(bad energy) in the body. If you’re feeling sick, stuck, sad or just plain confused, get acupuncture for a seasonal tune-up. You might find that while you’re doing all the above things in the right way a good acupuncture session or two can really help to turn things around.