With the Winter coming to an end and the snow melting away, we welcome Spring – transitional season from the cold (Yin) Winter to the hot (Yang) Summer. Unlike Western philosophy, Chinese Medicine recognizes 5 Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water). All changes in the Universe and in your body happen in accordance to these 5 distinct phases. The season of Spring is represented by the Element of Wood. While Winter is a time for energy conservation and hibernation, Spring is a time for renewal and rejuvenation. The Liver and Gall Bladder are the Organs associated with the season of Spring and the Wood Element – primary organs involved with cleansing. This makes Spring the perfect time for starting a detox/cleanse and new health regimen. Green is the colour associated with Spring and the Liver. Therefore, eating young plants – fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses – can improve the liver’s functions and aid in overall health at this time of year. Anger is the emotion associated the the Liver. An imbalanced Liver can give rise to anger and irritability in a person. Conversely, excessive anger can damage the Liver and lead to health concerns.Symptoms of a Liver Imbalance include: headaches, dizziness, eye problems (red, dry, or itchy eyes, floaters, blurred vision), muscular cramping or tenon problems, jaundice, menstrual problems, weak, brittle nails and digestive issues such as IBS, constipation or diarrhea. If you suspect you have a Liver imbalance and would like a full assessment and diagnosis then give me a call to set up an appointment. After all, “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” A full, individualized assessment is needed in order to determine the best course of treatment for you and to help get your body back on track.
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