According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to an organ and emotion. To ensure the best organ function, start eating for the season 3-5 weeks before the seasons change.
It’s time to start preparing for spring which means it’s time to start loving your Liver!
What do you think of when you think of spring? Green! Growth! New Life bursting from the earth! This is how Traditional Chinese Medicine views the Liver’s energy. It’s in charge of storing and circulating blood throughout the entire body and is responsible for the smooth circulation of qi throughout the body. If your qi is not flowing smoothly, it stagnates which can cause us to become irritable or angry, feel pain, or experience cramping during menstrual cycles. From a Western perspective, the liver plays an important role in detoxifying, digesting, and processing proteins, fat, sugar, as well as toxins, heavy metals, drugs or alcohol. Love your liver with acupuncture, and a nutritional and emotional spring cleaning!
Signs and symptoms that your Liver function might be out of balance:
- you are easily angered or irritable,
- you have hypochondriac pain (wandering or localized),
- you feel like you have a lump stuck in your throat,
- you have dry eyes, blurred vision, brittle nails,
- you wake between the hours of 1-3AM,
- you experience IBS symptoms or constipation,
- and ladies, you experience painful menstrual cycles (clotting, cramping, sore breasts).
Nutrition is the best way to help your Liver function at its optimum. TCM tells us to eat green for the spring. Add (preferably cooked or lightly steamed) green vegetables and sour foods to your diet. Acupuncture will work even more effectively if you have the basic nutritional building blocks in place.
Foods to start adding to your diet:
- warm lemon water first thing in the morning or right before meals
- mint tea and honey
- beets, carrots, watercress, mustard greens, onions, seaweeds, radish, dandelions
- green smoothies (with non dairy milk) or green juices
Get in touch with your anger and express yourself!
Believe it or not, not expressing your feelings can actually make you sick (even if you’re eating the right foods and exercising)! Each organ has its own emotion. Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. Being too angry can be just as detrimental to your health as swallowing your anger and pretending everything is fine. Set the intention this season: learn to compassionately speak your mind! Your voice deserves to be heard. It’s okay to compassionately confront someone if you feel hurt or angry. Help your liver by expressing yourself!
To help ensure the best Liver function this season, we’re offering three nutrition + acupuncture package options. If you are not sure which package would benefit you the most, give us a call or discuss the options at your first acupuncture appointment. Adriana will happily work with you to determine what packages and products can best fit your nutritional needs and goals. Not sure if you need a cleanse at all? Scroll down to take a short quiz.
Package 1: 10 day cleanse + Acupuncture
Four acupuncture treatments to be used in one month plus a 10-day detox kit.
Package 2: 10 day cleanse, Digestive Support + Acupuncture
Four acupuncture treatments to be used in one month, a 10-day detox kit, and a month supply of all-in-one digestive prebiotic, probiotic, and enzymes.
Package 3: Immunity and Digestive Support + Acupuncture
Increase your immune system and enhance digestive function! This package which includes: Four acupuncture treatments to be used in one month, plus a month supply of Immune (Liver detox) and all-in-one digestive prebiotic, probiotic, and enzymes.
This is especially great for those who struggle with seasonal allergies, but is also a wonderful general health pack!
Here’s the quick test. Do you need to cleanse?
On a regular basis do you:
- feel tired?
- feel dizzy, trouble concentrating or foggy thinking?
- eat fast, fatty, fried, oily, processed foods?
- use stimulants, coffee, cigarettes, sugar to boost yourself each day?
- move your bowels less than twice a day?
- have intestinal gas, bloating or constipation?
- experience headaches?
- eat fish more than twice a week?
- have food allergies or skin problems?
- have sinus problems or often have lower back pain or weakness?
- feel sluggish or overweight?
If you answered yes to more than three of these questions, you might want to consider a cleanse.