Spring - The Wood Element and the Liver and Gallbladder

A few words about Spring and the Wood element from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective-

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each element is related to a season, with the season of Spring relating to the Wood element. Known as the season of renewal. Spring marks longer days and rebirth after the time when the ‘yin’ part of the year (Autumn & Winter) transitions into the ‘yang’ (Spring & Summer) time of the year. We can use the ‘yang’ energies that Spring gifts, as a platform to engage in more uplifting activities that expands our energy and consciousness. 

Wood has a dynamic energy of pushing itself through obstructions as it grows. It asserts itself and it relishes on freedom of expression and expansion. As you look around you can see an abundance of growth, renewal and creative energy in nature.  Nature is expressing itself. It doesn’t wait or procrastinate. It sets strong boundaries and asserts itself.  We can draw on these attributes of the wood element and energies of Spring, to ‘spring into action’ and permit our selves to fully express our own truth. 

The organs of Liver and Gall bladder the paired organs associated with Wood element are known as the decision maker and planner. So when your Wood element is balanced you make well thought out plans and decisions. Healthily judging when to move forward and when to yield when the change is not ready to occur. As a Zen koan says, “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.” To heed to this Zen koan, allows the Wood energies to move towards the more positive psych-emotional attributes of compassion, patience and acceptance. Pushing for things to happen or not permitting things to shift will give rise to feelings of frustration, anger, jealousy and stagnation. Physically the body could feel heavy and fatigued. With the stagnation of the Liver qi impeding the smooth blood flow to parts of the body, giving rise to musculoskeletal aches and stiffness. Therapies and activities such as Acupuncture, qi gong, yoga, nutrition, herbs, body work and expressing of held emotions are a few ways to help move any stagnation held in the Liver and Gall bladder.

Spring Clean

The Time to Detox

Spring and the extra boost of energy provides support for the Liver and Gall Bladder in detoxing the body after the dormant season of Winter. It’s time to maybe have a break from coffee, alcohol or any recreational drugs. Regular exercise will support the body rid built up toxins accumulated over Winter. Toxic build up can contribute to a range of health issues and this is the best time of the year to support a detox and help the elimination of wastes from the body.