There is a reason people often get inspired to start spring cleaning this time of year.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is the quintessential time of creating, cleansing, activity and movement, growth, and renewal.
In Traditional Chinese 5-Element Theory (the basis of TCM assessment which encompasses wood, water, metal, earth, and fire) spring is associated with the Wood element.
It’s also an auspicious time to focus on releasing emotions that no longer serve us—specifically those rooted in anger, resentment, frustration, and lethargy.
Just like bare, dormant trees being to grow buds and blossom; we too can harness the power of spring to slough off the old and usher in a fresh, beautiful new experience of health, mental clarity, and emotional well-being.
In today’s article, we’ll look at how to most effectively take advantage of the spring season for renewed health, including:
Which organs and meridians are emphasized in springtime
How to support your body’s natural detoxification processes
The most healing spring foods
The best way to maintain immune health and avoid springtime colds
Emotional spring cleaning strategies
Spring is All About the Liver and Gall Bladder
The Liver and Gall Bladder are at their peak of activity during the spring, making it a perfect time to focus on supporting their function.
The Liver and Gall Bladder work together to move blood and bile, and play pivotal roles in:
Spleen and Lung health—which can affect your immunity and susceptibility to seasonal allergies
The tendons—which can impact flexibility and strength
And your eye health—clear vision moving forward
While there are many ways to support your Liver and Gall Bladder, my advice is to take your cues from the season and take it slow.
For example, the color green is predominant in spring and the taste of spring is sour—these are perfect places to focus your eating awareness.
Leafy greens like dandelion, watercress, chickweed, baby greens, chard, lettuces, sprouts, and arugula all have powerful Liver/Gall Bladder purifying qualities, and can be easily incorporated into your diet.
Lemon or apple cider vinegar are also beneficial to move bile, especially taken in warm water first thing in the morning.
There are herbs which are known traditionally to offer support to the liver and gallbladder . Your practitioner can recommend the best regime for you, but some common herbs include:
For the Gall Bladder:
The Most Healing Springtime Foods
In addition to those listed above, the following are springtime foods for detoxification, balancing Liver/Gall Bladder Qi, and supporting emotional healing:
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