Spring is in the air. As we know this is a time for renewal, new growth and spring cleaning. According to the Chinese theory of the five elements, this season is connected with the wood phase. This theory describes five distinct phases in our bodies and in the world around us. The acupuncture practitioner is able to link these factors with the appropriate treatment, which may include specific foods, herbs, exercises and acupuncture points. In this way, harmony can be restored and maintained.
The wood phase is associated with an increased vigour, is associated with the colour green and the emotion of anger. The latter may also be expressed as assertiveness, something which is very evident in nature at this time of year. The associated organs are the Liver and Gall Bladder which are said to control the tendons.
When this vigour becomes restricted we may become frustrated and sickness follows. We may encounter headaches or an upset stomach or just feel ‘wound up’.
Some useful tips to balance your wood element are
- Stretch your body and tendons. Take up tai chi or yoga
- Include more greens in your diet
- Find ways to release frustration. Invest in a punchbag!
- Take walks and observe the changes taking place in nature
- Get some acupuncture to help you adjust to the season