Updated: Apr 15, 2018
Spring is the season of new growth, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) its also associated closely with the element of wood and the liver. It is the season of wind, rain and very unstable weather, to most people it marks the beginning of a new growing season, but few also recognise it also includes bacteria and viruses.
People can easily catch a cold or flu or even infectious diseases in spring. Wind-injuries can be characterized by rapid changing and moving symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose, coughs, fever, body pain, sneezing and dizziness.
Our livers are the most vulnerable to wind-injury in spring, so it's very important to invigorate the liver by eating warming and pungent food to defend and expel wind evils. Foods that are sweet in nature such as dates, goji-berries, animal's liver and leeks can benefit liver health and help to promote liver qi. While sour foods can nourish the liver and promote blood, salty taste can promote sour.
In TCM we promote spring tonics that emphasise on light and healthful foods such as spinach, celery, onion, lettuce, leaf mustard, Chinese yam, wheat, dates, peanuts, onions, cilantro, bamboo shoot and mushrooms. Soybean, bean sprout, egg and tofu are rich in protein and can promote liver health and healthy growth of tendons.
It is very effective in lowering liver heat and calming the liver, and can be made into a tea or cooked with other ingredients to make soups or even entree dishes for spring get togethers.
Dandelion is everywhere in spring, both bitter and sweet in taste, cold in nature and attributive to liver and stomach channels.
Why not pick dandelion leaves from your garden or from a wild field where there is no chemical pollution to make a detoxification tea for yourself and your family this spring. It is diuretic, clears damp-heat and toxic material, and benefits liver health. You can repeat this once again in late summer when you see them boom again. It is the most inexpensive and effect detoxification tea that you can give to your body.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs 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