Spring Time – Liver Time

It is Spring. Early Spring flowers are in bloom and buds appear on trees. In nature everything is starting to grow and blossom. This is a time when we also feel we should have fresh energy for our lives but often we don’t. So why is this?

In Chinese medicine all seasons are linked to specific organs and Spring time is the time of the Liver and Gallbaldder. Spring time is a time where the Liver can flourish but as we transition into this season this can be more taxing on the Liver. Symptoms associated with the Liver can flare up during this time. Acupuncture can help to smooth the  energy of the Liver and help alleviate those symptoms. So if you experience any of the symptoms below it may be time to be kind to your Liver.

Feeling tense

The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow throughout the body. If the Liver is not functioning optimally we may feel more tension in our body.

Tension headaches and menstrual cramps.

If the Liver is not functioning optimally and there is interruption in the smooth flow in the body, this can cause what in acupuncture is known as stagnation. A stagnation in the smooth flow can result in tension headaches and menstrual cramps.

Stiff muscles

In Chinese medicine the Liver and its associated organ the Gallbladder nourish the connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. Tension and tightness in these tissues may be more pronounced during this time of the year.

Irritability and Frustration

If you feel more irritable rather than joyful at the coming of Spring the physical stagnation described earlier can also affect our emotions. Feeling more easily frustrated or irritable at this time may mean your Liver needs a gentle nudge.

Uneasy digestion

The smooth flow of the Liver also affects our digestion.  When the Liver fails to maintain a smooth flow our digestion may suffer. Also emotional stress can affect our digestion.

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Gently pressing the Liver point on the foot, as shown in the picture, can help smooth the flow.

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