Spring is finally here!
Spring is finally here! Or on its way here to Calgary… We will soon have flowers blooming, lots of sun lights, people wearing colorful clothes; all of which bring good moods and vibes to us. Hopeful thoughts on Calgary! 🙂
What Spring means in TCM?
Spring belongs to our liver. This means that the liver is most active in the spring, waking and stretching from winter hibernation. The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. In TCM, liver also ensures the smooth flow of qi other than storing the blood.
When liver qi is stagnant (a very common condition), it may affect a person’s emotion such as anger, frustration, depression to the extent of tightness in the chest, and, in a woman, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. When liver blood is deficient, symptoms such as dry eyes and skin, pallor, and lack of menstruation can occur.
When the liver’s ability to spread qi smoothly throughout the body is disrupted due to stress or lifestyle choices, however, the liver qi can become either stagnant or hyperactive, causing havoc in other organs, such as the lungs, stomach, and spleen. Often, stress-related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or indigestion can be successfully treated by working through the “smoothing of liver qi.”
Here are some common symptoms associated with Liver Qi stagnation:
- Pain or discomfort anywhere along the sides of the body
- Mood swings
- Sighing (yes, if you sigh a lot, your liver qi is stagnant!)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- PMS with irritability or swollen breasts
- Irregular or painful periods
- Poor appetite
Food for Our Liver
To boost our liver, we should eat and drink cooling foods or herbs. Spicy-hot, fatty foods, alcohol, excessive caffeine and excessive dairy particularly milk should be avoided. We should take more of more green leafy vegetables, broccoli, beets, carrots, green tea, mint, pears, plums, green apple, water chestnuts and honey.
So the next time you make mint tea, you can simply add one or two spoons of honey in your cup. Adding chrysanthemum and goji berries in your green tea is also a perfect combination for liver boost and longevity! You can also buy this longevity tea at our clinic starting from $10.00.
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