While we haven’t seen the end of winter, spring is certainly on its way. The warmth of the sun is breathing life into us once again, birds are nesting, flowers are blooming, and we are beginning to awaken from the deep slumber brought on by the cold winter days – it’s time to get moving again!
In Chinese medicine springtime is attributed to the wood element and the liver and gallbladder systems. The nature of wood is to spread, grow and reach new heights. Once the seed is planted it is destined to become a tree and although it may encounter obstacles on its path, it does not stop pushing and it never considers giving up. This is the wood energy and as such the liver and gallbladder system is responsible for this smooth spread and flow of Qi within the body. Any congestion or restriction can cause the wood energy to stagnate and backfire which can lead to symptoms like pain, PMS, menstrual irregularities, emotional outbursts or digestive problems. The spirit of the liver is said to be the planner and the gallbladder is the general who executes those plans. Therefore, issues concerning lack of direction, setting goals for the future and the inability to focus and complete tasks to reach those goals, can be seen as a disruption in this system.
With acupuncture and herbs as well as implementing a healthy diet and lifestyle we can promote the smooth flow of Qi and bring a sense of wellbeing and balance back into the body and mind. Foods that help to encourage the healthy functioning of the liver and gallbladder include dark leafy greens, sprouts, herbs like parsley, basil and rosemary, fennel and citrus fruits as well as whole grains like rye. Avoid eating too much refined and processed foods, sugars, fats as well as dairy as these tend to weigh heavy and are congesting to the body.
Book your consultation today at safflowerclinic.com.au or call us on 5956 7011 to learn more about how Chinese medicine can help you stay in your flow this spring.
The frost has arrived as winter descends upon us once again. Cold winds blow over the ocean, rain is plentiful, and firewood is stacked high. In Chinese medicine we know living in harmony with the seasons is paramount for a balanced and healthy life. So, what does this season call for? Winters climate urges us to stay indoors, keep warm and above all else, and sometimes with great difficulty, to give ourselves permission to rest.
Winter is associated with the element of water and the kidney and bladder organs. In Traditional Chinese medicine these organs play a big role in reproduction, birth and development. The spirit of these organs is translated as willpower, ambition, drive or motivation. It gives the ability to stand firm and not be defected from one’s goals. An imbalance in this system can lead to over exertion, straining to meet the demands of the time and not allowing ones-self time for recuperation. Over time this drive to succeed leads to exhaustion, burnout and in severe cases, depression.
This time of year allows us to rejuvenate our stores, so that we can keep forging ahead and fulfilling our dreams with plenty of energy and vitality. We are reminded that there must be balance between work and rest for us to continue to be inspired on our path. To consider that we cannot give from an empty cup and must first nourish ourselves before we have enough for everyone else. In winter we focus on warming the body and revitalizing its systems, so we have plenty of energy for the times ahead.
Diet is one way you can help your body along this season, eating foods of warming nature like ginger, garlic and cinnamon, also hot bone broths are especially beneficial and nourishing for the body.
Chinese medicine techniques help sustain the body, boost immunity, decrease stress and enhance energy and vitality.
At Safflower we are driven to see our patients achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Call us today on 5956 7011 or go online www.safflowerclinic.com.au and book your appointment today!