The seasons are intricately related to the health and proper functioning of your body. Each season is associated with a specific element and each element is associated with a set of organs in your body. Along with the element and organs, each season is also associated with a colour, nature and emotion and a range of other characteristics.
Spring is the season of renewal. All things in nature are busy reproducing and growing. The earth comes to life.
Spring is associated with the element wood. This element is associated with people who have clear vision and goals and are able to plan and bring these things to pass. An imbalance in this element can cause a person to become either indecisive and unable to express anger when the wood Qi is weak, or over controlling and arrogant and aggressive, when the wood Qi is too high.
The element wood is associated with the Yin and Yang organs of the liver and gall bladder as well as the sense organ for sight, the eyes and the tendons. It is said that wind strengthens the liver. If the liver is strengthened too much the person may experience an excess of frustration and irritation. Other symptoms of liver imbalance can include migraines, eye problems and sinus as well as rashes around the genital area.
It is important to help your body keep the elements and organs in balance. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your liver and the wood element in balance within your body. The key concept behind all of these tips is the movement of Qi since the liver is responsible for the movement of Qi.
Exercise and stretch
Since the liver and the wood element are connected quite strongly to the tendons of the body it is important that you stretch and do some gentle exercise on a daily basis. The liver stores blood during the winter time, a time of rest, and then releases that blood during spring, the time of renewal and rejuvenation.
The eyes are also connected to the liver and wood element of spring. Reading is a way to exercise the eyes. Do not overdo it though as you do not want to move too much Qi through your eyes and create an imbalance in another direction.
Add green and sour to your diet
Since green is the colour of spring it is important that you eat as many green foods as possible. some of the common foods to include in your diet are celery and sprouts like beans and mung. The taste that is associated with spring is sour so take this time to indulge in adding some sour tastes to your food. You can add lemon to your water and use vinegar in your salad dressing, make sure it is a green salad!
If you are feeling angry and unable to release your frustration you may want to get some acupuncture treatments to release any blockages that you may have in your system. The acupuncture can help you get rid of your internal and external dragons and release the spirit points that you need released.
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