Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Registered Acupuncturist
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine calender, Spring officially starts in early February – about a month or so before it starts to really make its presence known in the natural world. This change in seasons can be felt in our bodies and moods as well as in the behaviour of wildlife around us. Much like in the west, Spring in TCM is a season of change and of an upward rising energy. Increasing light, warmth and the subtle signs of the coming green season also stir a renewed energy in us.
Spring is the Season of the Liver
In this medicine's philosophy, each season has a corresponding organ system of the body, along with all of the physical, emotional and spiritual functions that relate to that particular organ system. In spring, the focus is on our Liver and Gall Bladder organ systems. We are not talking about just the actual liver organ when we speak of the Liver in TCM – it is the Liver system in a much broader sense.
How the Liver's Energy Affects Us
Much like the rising, upward thrusting energy of the new green growth that is pushing up all around us – the Liver system's energy is also upward thrusting. If the energy of the Liver organ system is in good balance, its corresponding functions will be smooth.
In TCM the Liver is ultimately responsible for regulating the smooth flow of 'Qi', or the body's life force. A smooth, regulated flow enhances the functioning of all other systems: respiratory, digestive, circulatory, etc. It also – very importantly – helps us process our emotions and how we respond to stress. If the flow is not smooth, stagnation is possible, leading to physical or emotional discomfort or pain. Here are some potential symptoms within the realm of the Liver organ system.
5 Reasons You May Need Acupuncture this Spring
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Hi, I'm Barbara Poczyniak. Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Toronto.