Chinese medicine is truly holistic. It incorporates everything from the seasons to different flavors, colors, emotions, and bodily organs.
You may have heard of the “5 Elements” of Chinese medicine before. Spring corresponds with the element of wood. Also, it relates to the emotion of anger; the color green; and your Liver and Gall Bladder. Going further, it relates to the flavor sour; the growth stage of sprouting (or birth); the Eastward direction; and your eyes. Wood element tends to flow upward. Wood vibrates with the musical note of E. Seriously, this list could go on and on if you care to Google more on it.
There is a famous Chinese herbal formula called “Free and Easy Wanderer.” Its function is to “move your Liver qi and nourish your Spleen Qi.” It’s used to treat depression, anxiety, or PMS that coincide with digestive upset or fatigue.
The name says it all: “Free and Easy” like a tree swaying in the wind; “Wanderer” going where-ever and doing what-ever you want. No stress. Or no over-reaction to stress.
In Spring, the timing is right to let go of stress. Be more flexible physically and mentally. Try something new. Bend instead of pushing and resisting. Let go of outdated ideas and people who no longer fit the life you want for yourself. Be OK with saying “No.”
There are dis-eases that start in your body and can affect your mind. Those are actually much easier to treat.
Conversely, we have also dis-eases that start in your mind and will affect your body. You can’t avoid their interconnections.
CHOOSE WHICH SEEDS YOU PLANT
Spring is a time of new beginnings and growth. This sounds all good and positive, but do make sure you are growing flowers and not weeds.
A healthy winter starts with a healthy spring. Be mindful of the habits you create at this time.
This time of year is green. There is a definite switch between the growth phase of winter (death or storage) and spring (new growth or birth). Rather than eating foods that are easily stored (root vegetables, heavy or starchy foods), you may find yourself craving more fresh vegetables in your meals. Especially the bitter, sour, and pungent greens can have a detoxifying impact on your Liver and Gall Bladder. The only really healthy foods are green. Everything else you can end up having too much of. No one ever has too many vegetables. It just doesn’t happen.
Squeeze half of a lime into your water first thing in the morning. “Half a lime a day keeps the diabetes doctor away.” Sour flavor helps to cancel out the sweet cravings.
How about you? Do you notice your energy change this time of year? In what way(s)?