In theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are seen as part of the natural world that surrounds us. We are influenced by climatic changes, as a result should live in harmony with them. As the seasons change and we transition from winter to spring, it is important to keep our bodies in balance. Acupuncture can help us do that.

In Chinese Medicine each season is related to an organ system in the human body. Spring is an important time of year to attend to the energy of the liver and gallbladder. According to TCM, the liver is responsible for smooth flowing Qi or energy through the body. The liver and gallbladder meridians govern the muscles, tendons, and nerves in the body. The liver also controls the eyes.

A healthy liver establishes a smooth and soothing flow of energy through the whole person, in both body and mind. However, during times of transition like early spring, the liver can become out of harmony and vulnerable. Acupuncture improves the function of the liver meridian and can restore balance of the organs.

Below are some signs that your liver/gallbladder meridian may be out of balance this time of year:

• You feel extra tense. The liver meridian controls the flow of energy. If the energy is not moving, things like emotional stress and posture of your body can get disturbed.
• Muscle stiffness, aches, pains, and headaches. The liver/gallbladder nourishes the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.
• You feel irritable and frustrated. Each organ has an emotion attached to it, and the liver’s emotion is anger.
• Dry or fatigues eyes are a sign of liver imbalance.
• Digestive problems. Digestion is dependent on smooth flow of qi or energy.

Suggestions for improving the balance of the liver/gallbladder meridian:

• Exercise, walk, run, bike. Moving your body in any way will help. Stretch. Try some yoga, tai chi, or qi going movements.
• Eat fresh, leafy green vegetables. Green is the color associated with the liver meridian.
• The taste associated with the liver is sour. Sour strengthens the liver qi. Add lemon to your water or tea.
• Give your eyes a rest. Take frequent breaks from the T.V. and computer.
• Detox the liver. A gentle cleanse during the spring will help remove excess toxins in the body that may have accumulated over the holiday season.
• Get ACUPUNCTURE treatments!

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