All Things Chinese Medicine:

Spring, the liver & your emotions

Spring is here. After the hibernation over winter, it is the season of activity. Footy final fever is here, the magpies are ready to swoop and the pollen is in the air ready for hay fever season.

Yin and Yang

Every organ in Chinese Medicine has what’s called a partner organ, one organ is yin, the other organ yang. For example the liver is a yin organ, and the gallbladder is a yang organ. Together they are the wood element and resonate with spring. When the liver and gallbladder are balanced during spring, the entire body will benefit and therefore lay strong foundations for the season to come.

 

Liver- ensures the smooth flow of qi

According to Chinese Medicine, the main functions of the liver are to store our blood, nourish our tendons, our eyes and our nails. When the liver is balanced and functioning well, the liver ensures the smooth flow of qi, blood and emotions.

Energy system and stress

Every energy system in Chinese Medicine exerts an effect on the physical, mental and emotional body. When the liver is not functioning well, or the qi is blocked, or there is an inadequate supply, you can experience physical and emotional consequences. Someone with a stressed liver may feel angst, frustration, irritability or resentment. In the long term, these emotions can lead more serious mental health issues.

Acupuncture and our emotions

Acupuncture can potentially have a positive effect on our liver energy and help manage our stress. By tuning up our qi, we can tune up our mental health. The liver helps you to get things done without stress. However, it is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions.

 Spring time tea

Here is a delicious, refreshing and non-caffeinated tea that is good for the liver who is vulnerable is spring.

Ingredients:

  • 10 goji berries
  • 4 dried chrysanthemum flowers
  • 1 dried red date

Place the following ingredients into a cup and rinse with hot water. Refill the cup with fresh boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

You can continue to add boiling water to the tea 2-3 more times that day.

These ingredients can all be found when visiting a Chinese grocery store or pop into Gardenvale Chinese Medicine and try a cup of tea. For more recipes click here

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Written by Jane Ferguson

Gardenvale Chinese Medicine

 

 

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