TCM: The Wood Element & Spring

"A tree that is unbending is easily broken." - Lao Tzu

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Wood Element is associated with the Spring season. It is one of the five elements of TCM and rules the liver and gallbladder organs. Trees teach us to stay adaptable, open to change, flexible while also being rooted, resilient, and sure of who we are.

The Wood Element is the element of becoming and is characterized by the qualities of growth, expansion, and creativity, which are also seen in the Spring season as plants and flowers begin to bloom and the natural world comes to life after the dormancy of Winter.

The liver is responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body, and its associated emotions are anger and frustration. When the liver is out of balance, it can lead to symptoms such as irritability, depression, menstrual issues, and digestive stagnation.

The gallbladder, on the other hand, is responsible for the storage and secretion of bile, which aids in the digestion of fats. Its associated emotion is decisiveness, and when it is out of balance, it can lead to symptoms such as indigestion, nausea, and headaches.

To support the liver and gallbladder during this time, TCM recommends eating foods that are sour and green, engaging in gentle exercise to stimulate movement, and stress reduction techniques to balance emotions.

The time of birth and expansion, Spring invites us to get clear on what we’d like to embody more of in our lives and to embark on new beginnings. This is an exciting time of the year, full of possibility and creative energy! What are you cultivating more of this Spring?

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