Spring is often a good time of year for Liver detoxes. The weather is warmer. Our bodies, just like our minds and homes, do well with a cleansing of consumption. With the better weather it is easier to get outside, be active and shed some of the insulation that we may have built with warmer, nourishing, heavier foods to protect ourselves against the cold of winter.
Chinese Medicine is about being in tune with the outer world, connected to nature, moving together with the seasons. In fact, much of the philosophy that guides the principles of the medicine is rooted in how observations of nature play out in similar ways in our bodies.
Liver Qi Stagnation is a term you may hear when visiting an acupuncturist's office. This is a very common manifestation and is essentially Chinese Medicine speak for the presence of stress symptoms. When we see Liver Qi Stagnation we may notice a dusky colored tongue, a pulse that feels tense, muscles that are tight, expressions of frustration or anger, an inability to move forward on something or trouble with decision-making.
Foods and lifestyle can stagnate liver qi. Foods that are damp in nature, such as dairy, alcohol or excessively sweet foods can be hard for the liver's energies to process.
Being sedentary for long periods of time will also stagnate liver qi. Our bodies are designed for consistent, steady movement at a moderate pace. Modern lifestyles don't always allow for this, so if you work at a desk job, parceling up tasks into 50 or 90-minute blocks with 10-20 minute breaks in between for some light movement can be a good way to remain productive and keep your liver qi flowing.
A walk out in nature is also a good remedy (just remember to keep a scarf around your neck to protect against that Spring Wind!), and, of course, acupuncture. Acupuncture helps keep the qi in our meridians buzzing and moving freely, it can energize our thinking, inspiring us to follow through on plans that we make, support healthy circulation and stimulate our nerves towards connectivity. Even a brief 20 minutes with needles can do wonders.
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