We all know intuitively that Spring is the season of renewal. Spring is a time for expansion, growth, new projects, and cleansing. That’s why it’s the best time to do “spring cleaning” on physical, mental, and emotional levels.
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the Wood element. This is when heaven and earth are reborn. Because it is a time of rebirth and revitalization, we may need some extra rest to balance all that new growth. It’s a good idea to get to sleep early during this season, as well as to arise early and go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy. A suggestion in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, a foundational Chinese medical text, is to “be open and unsuppressed, both physically and emotionally” since spring is the season in which “the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates.”
We can cooperate with the spring energy by throwing out what’s no longer needed and creating space for new experiences. Caring for our Liver and Gallbladder is especially important at this time as the health of these organs is associated with successfully acclimating to Spring. When the Liver and Gallbladder systems are constricted and unhealthy, symptoms such as depression, restlessness, anger, volatility, or tendon stiffness can arise.
That’s why the spring is a wonderful time to detoxify! When we talk about detoxification, we are largely addressing the Liver and Gallbladder since they are so involved in the body’s cleansing mechanisms.
Here are some simple and natural ways to help our bodies detoxify in the spring season:
- Eat a higher percentage of raw foods, young greens, and sprouts
- Enjoy light meals and simple cooking
- Include dandelion greens, mung beans, and seaweeds in your meals
- When cooking vegetables, just lightly steam or sautee
- Enjoy sweet and pungent flavors of food
- Limit salty and heavy foods
- Eat organic, local bee pollen and honey to prevent seasonal allergies
By honoring the changes in nature and eating seasonally, we can gently and effectively detoxify our bodies, even without making other major changes. Spring is also the best time to fast if you are able to do that in a healthy way.
Wishing you a beautiful season of renewal and rejuvenation! We’d love to hear in the comments what adjustments you make to feel better in spring.
Source: 7 Times a Woman, Dr. Lia Andrews, DAOM, L.Ac.