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Spring and Chinese Medicine

Updated: Feb 6

Spring brings with it a sense of renewal, energy and inspiration. Light will start to outweigh the darkness, expansiveness replaces the introspective nature of winter and new life blossoms in a myriad of new expressions. We experience this natural change with a renewed sense of energy, increased activity and a willingness to try new things. Having a healthy body, mind and emotional sense of well being will help us to naturally feel the flow of renewal at this time of year.

In Chinese medicine spring is associated with the Liver (yang)) and the gallbladder (yin).

The liver is the body’s largest organ and has numerous essential functions within the body including the formation of blood and cleansing and filtering the blood to help remove the toxins from the body. When the liver is functioning smoothly it is expressed in both physical and emotional well being. It is also the organ most affected by stagnant emotions and stress. Liver stagnation or an overactive liver can cause emotional build up such as anger, depression, frustration, irritability, an inability to forgive and resentment. Physical symptoms can include digestive disorders, shoulder and neck tension and headaches. The Gallbladder is a small organ that stores and intensifies the bile that was created in the liver, and directs it into the body and bowel as needed.

We can support the Liver and Gallbladder by detoxing, eating fresh organic seasonal foods, exercising to improve blood circulation and protecting ourselves against springtime colds. If you are feeling overburdened acupuncture and Chinese medicine can greatly assist the detoxification process, help improve immunity, strengthen the function of the liver and gallbladder and harmonise and re-balance the entire body.

Chinese Medicine can help detoxify the body

Lots of seasonal leafy greens

Some foods that are particularly beneficial at this time of year due to their purifying qualities are lots of leafy greens, watercress, dandelion, lettuce and sprouts. In fact all seasonal vegetables and fruits will help flood the body with essential nutrients and vitality. Sour foods like lemon and apple cider vinegar are excellent for moving bile and aiding the gallbladder function. A healthy liver/gallbladder can help improve repressed emotions, anxiety and procrastination.

In Chinese Medicine, certain herbs are often recommended during the spring season to support overall health and balance. Here are some Chinese herbs that may be beneficial as supplements for spring:

Astragalus (Huang Qi): Known for its immune-boosting properties, astragalus is believed to enhance the body's resistance to illness and promote vitality.

Licorice Root (Gan Cao): Often used in combination with other herbs, licorice root is known for its harmonizing effects on different organ systems, helping to balance and support overall well-being.

Ginseng (Ren Shen): A renowned adaptogen, ginseng is believed to enhance the body's ability to handle stress and increase energy levels. It is often used to strengthen the immune system.

Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis): This herb is commonly used to nourish the blood and regulate menstrual cycles. It is believed to have a gentle, harmonizing effect on the body.

Hawthorn Berry (Shan Zha): Known for its cardiovascular benefits, hawthorn berry is often used to support the health of the heart and promote healthy circulation.

Nettle (Xun Ma): Nettle is used to clear heat from the body and is believed to have detoxifying properties. It may be beneficial for those experiencing allergies or inflammatory conditions.

Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua): Chrysanthemum is often used to clear heat and support eye health. It is believed to have a cooling effect on the body.

Peppermint (Bo He): Known for its ability to clear heat and soothe the liver, peppermint may be beneficial for those experiencing digestive issues or headaches.

Each individual's needs vary, and consulting with a qualified healthcare professional or a licensed herbalist is recommended before adding new supplements to your routine, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking other medications. At Care Cure we offer free consultations by phone or online with our Chinese Herbalists so if you are unsure please give us a call.

Spring is the perfect season to re-focus on your health, small changes can foster a healthy and harmonised physical body which in turn can result in changes to assertiveness, inspiration, improved temperament and joy.

Care Cure are Ireland's leading TCM practitioners. If you would like to know more about the benefits of TCM for your health please call us and avail of our free consultation. We offer a free online consultation and a free consultation in our clinics. We have Clinics in The Merrion Shopping Center, Dublin 4 and 53 Georges St Lwr, Dun Laoghaire.

We have one of Ireland's largest selection of Chinee herbal remedies and herbal products that can be purchased in our online shop. All our products are natural plant based herbs.



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