Acupuncture Seasonal Tune-Up Session
with Alexandra Ross
The much awaited transition from Winter into Spring has begun! While Winter was a time to conserve and protect energy, reduce activity, rest, rest and rest some more, Spring is a time for growth and new beginnings! Just as we can observe from our surroundings, seeds are sprouting, flowers are blooming and there is an abundant sense of renewal and regeneration.
So what does this mean for us?
Chinese medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the (five) seasons; Winter, Spring, Summer, Late Summer and Autumn. Thousands of years ago people lived in a state of harmony with nature, observing and adapting to the seasonal changes. They rose with the sun and ate what they grew in each season. What time they got up, what they ate and the type of activities they engaged in were decided by the natural environment. People’s lives flowed in accordance with the time of year. It sounds like common sense, it is common sense! Sadly, in many ways the modern world has drifted away from abiding by natural law and something as simplistic as observing the seasons and living in harmony with them is not always easy or practical. But there are some small things we can all do to get back in touch with ‘seasonal living’ and help adjust to Spring which will benefit our overall health and well-being, improve our mood and help prevent us from feeling under the weather!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring’s corresponding organ is the Liver. The function of which is to promote the smooth flow of Qi (energy) around the body. The Liver also aids us in neutralising and detoxing poisons, both physical and emotional. As Spring is the time of renewal it is important to detoxify and de-stress to prevent the Liver from becoming overburdened. When the Liver is not functioning as well as it could be, blockages in the flow of Qi can occur causing stagnation, this can manifest as physical symptoms of pain (such as migraines, headaches, dysmenorrhea) and emotional feelings of anger, irritability, resentment and impatience.
What can we do?
Get some fresh, seasonal foods into your daily diet and eat a little more lightly than you would for Winter. Green is the colour for Spring and the Liver, so be sure to include some leafy- green goodness. A few examples of Spring-type foods include; asparagus, spinach, spring onions, wild garlic, artichokes, carrots, berries, cherries, lamb, wild salmon, sardines and mackerel. The Flavour of Spring and the Liver is Sour, the sour taste is thought to stimulate Liver Qi, so try a slice of lemon in your water or squeeze it over your food.
-Have an Acupuncture Seasonal Tune-Up Session
Book in for an acupuncture session to balance your body, most importantly the Liver energy. A relaxing acupuncture appointment will help you restore and recharge.
Engage in some gentle exercise; walking, yoga, light cardio and focus on breathing exercises and stretching. Get outdoors to get your dose of fresh air and sunshine, outside air helps the free flow of Liver Qi.
Organ: Liver & Gallbladder
Movement: Upward & Outward ??
Alexandra works in Fulham SW10 London every Thursday& at other times by request.
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