Finally! The long-awaited change of Winter to Spring is upon us! Longer days, warm sun, melting snow, sprouting seeds and blooming buds. There is a sense of renewal and new life all around.
While Winter was a time to conserve energy and reduce activity, Spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of vision and creativity. Spring is also an ideal time for cleansing for overall health and well-being. The season is governed by the Wood element and includes the Liver and its complementary organ, the Gallbladder, making these two organs the primary focus for springtime health regimens. A gentle cleanse to move and invigorate any stuck energy from a long winter is a great way to harmonize with the energy of Spring, promoting clarity and motivation for whatever you are inspired to create this cycle.
The Principle of the Five Elements
The Five Elements (known as the Wu Xing in Chinese) describes the flow of Qi and the balance of Yin and Yang throughout the seasons and our lives.
According to the principle, all change “in the universe and in your body ” occurs in five distinct phases. Each of these phases is associated with a particular time of year, a specific element in nature, and a pair of organs in the body. The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water in Eastern philosophy. A practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine uses this principle to diagnose and treat health problems, linking specific foods, herbs, and acupuncture points to the restoration of yin-yang and Qi throughout the year.