Spring and the Secrete Fifth Element

Updated: Apr 14, 2018

Spring is associated with the Wood element, which governs the liver and gall bladder. Strong winds can be typical during spring, which could over-strengthen the liver, which in turn could affect the spleen.  If so, a disharmony of the liver and spleen occurs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners may detect this imbalance by observing symptoms such as stomach pain, acid regurgitation, stomach distention and diarrhoea brought in by stress or emotional problems.

The five elements not only interact with each other but they depend on each other. 

Allergy problems can be abundant during spring, if the liver is not healthy, it could affect not only the spleen but also the lungs.  Symptoms of this disharmony between organs include: chest congestion, sneezing, running nose, itching eyes and other symptoms that are associated with allergy problems.  It is very important, especially during spring, to cleanse the liver, lungs, and the spleen, and to bring a balance among them and other body organs. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help to accomplish this balance by paying attention to weather, especially very extreme weather, such as an unusually windy spring.  Extreme or unusual weather can cause health imbalances in people, these health problems tend to occur during or immediately following certain seasons.  The liver (Love your Liver), which is said to “open into the eyes” in TCM, is associated with cases of infectious hepatitis and cases of pink eye, which tend to be more numerous in the spring.

TCM practitioners believe that a person should cater his or her diet to the seasons.  Because spring is associated with the liver, it is important to have a diet that strengthens and cleanses the liver. 

There are many foods serving the purpose of soothing and cleansing the liver.  Green is the color of the liver and of spring,  leafy vegetables, especially if the plants are young, help by cleansing and freshening the body.  They benefit the liver’s overall well-being. Dandelion also works well as a spring cleanser.  A balanced diet with a variety of juices such as citrus fruits, pear, apple, celery and carrot is very helpful. Sprouts from seeds such as beans, mung, and radish are valuable for spring use, as well.

Working with you to understand your body, is just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different but complimentary to Western Medicine.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an Acupuncture or Herb treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.


Excerpts from original article by PCOM.

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