A huge part of Chinese medicine is searching for patterns. Patterns in symptoms, their relationship with other symptoms, with organs, with the environment, with seasons and even with other people and their symptoms.
One pattern I’ve noticed recently is the increasing number of people complaining of ‘feeling flat’. The only thing I know is a common change among you all, is the weather. So what does the change in weather from Winter to Spring have to do with feeling flat?
Spring is the season of the Liver. This means the Liver is at it’s most energetic time of the year. The Liver’s energy is expanding, constantly moving and warming. So ideally, we should be feeling more energetised, more outgoing and more motivated. However, if you have signs of Liver deficiency, you may not be getting to experience the full transition to Spring energy. Signs of Liver deficiency can include anything from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive problems, emotional highs and lows, incessant dreaming, irritability, constant yawning, rib pain, painful menstruation, blurred vision, constant headaches or constipation. It’s a fairly broad list because the Liver is responsible for so many physiological processes in the body. In Chinese medicine it moves Qi and Qi is the energy required to carry out all of life’s functions.
What can be done? Well acupuncture treatments of course! Also, a Liver detox in Spring is a great idea to rid the body of toxins which are slowing down the Liver’s ability to do it’s job. It’s also important to get out in the sunshine and exercise. Vitamin D and movement mobilise Liver energy and help with hormone synthesis and Liver function. You’ll feel increased energy and motivation, the way you should in Spring!