"In Spring people should rise early with the sun, and take brisk walks."— Nei Ching
The Wood phase of the Five Element Cycle is supported by the Liver who ensures a smooth, even flow of Qi and blood throughout the Bodymind. Strong, smoothly flowing Liver energy can be encouraged during the Wood phase by permitting ourselves to express our anger appropriately as it arises (shouting in the forest, chopping wood, throwing eggs against an outside wall, working with clay, specific Qigong exercises, journaling), as well as beginning those new projects, nutritionally cleansing, and spending more time outdoors!
Wood gives us a vision of the future and the energy, determination and motivation to move towards it. Self-assertion and the ability to put up appropriate boundaries.
Out of balance Wood, leads to frustration, depression, boredom, hopelessness, and lack of motivation. Represented by the Meridians of the Liver and Gall Bladder.
TCM's Top Ten Conditions That Indicate a Liver Dysfunction (Wood Imbalance)
-Menstrual cycle problems; PMS, cramps, breast tenderness
-Mood Swings and Irritability
-Headaches on Either Side of the Head
- Eye Irritation
-Bloating and Indigestion
As we enter Spring which is associated with the Wood Element, these conditions may become more noticeable.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the Wood element represents the liver and the gall bladder
A Customized, Personal Jin Shin Do Acupressure Session can assist you to release Qi blockages and stagnation, as well as assisting you to Relax, Reduce Stress, Release Pain, and Gain Insight & Clarity.
Wood Element in Balance:
Compassion, Kindness, Decisiveness, Commitment, Direction, Responsibility, Appropriate Anger, will to Become, Self-Assertion. These are all gifts of Wood in Balance.
Spring is a time of yin growing into yang.
ORGAN: Liver (yin) 1-3pm Gallbladder (yang) 11pm-1am
EMOTION: Anger/Will to become
SENSE ORGAN: Eyes
QUALITY: Decision making/Planning/Action
GOVERNING BODY PART: Muscles/Tendons
INDICATING BODY PART: Nails/Hands&feet
HIGHEST EXPRESSION: Benevolence
SPIRIT: Ethereal Soul (Hun)
Wheat, peaches, fowl, sprouts, fruit & veggie juices, young spring greens, dandelions, nettles, basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, dill, bay leaf are all Wood nourishing foods. Begin to eat more raw foods and start to cook food for shorter times.Sprouts and other "light" foods encourage quickness and outward movement of the Wood phase in general.
Doing a Liver Cleanse ANY time during the Spring is always a great idea!
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Our livers are just waiting for the abundance of dandelions blossoming during this time.
Nettles – blood purifier, high in chlorophyll,iron, vitamin C, trace minerals, diuretic, tonic, skin cleanser & liver tonic
Dandelion root & leaf- greens are high in vitamin A; roots are a kidney & blood cleanser, liver cleanser & tonic,diuretic.
Great for congested liver.
Sassafras bark- blood purifier, skin & joint cleanser, cleanses the whole system
Burdock –bitter, diuretic, skin & blood purifier, great for liver and skin conditions
Yellow Dock –blood cleanser, promotes bile flow, stimulates bowel & liver
Simmer 1 tbsp. Root/bark in 1 cup water for 15-20 min.Steep 1tbsp. Leaves in 1 cup water for 10min.
Lavender: self expression, insomnia, nervous tension, palpitations, skin imbalances
Bergamot: uplifting, relaxing, releasing, digestive stimulant, colic, urinary infections
Chamomile: calmative, digestive stimulant, nourishes solar plexus, pms relief, clears heat
Everlasting: unblocks emotions, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies
Grapefruit: lymphatic decongestant, astringent, cooling, cleansing, reviving
Yarrow: diuretic, healing, protecting, flues, fever, urinary antiseptic.
Dandelion Corn Bread
With high levels of iron, potassium and beta-carotene, dandelion stimulates digestion and aids the liver.
I use dandelion leaves and petals...the petals have lots of Vitamin D.
Harvest and Prepare the dandelions to get about 1-2 cups of each of the leaves and petals,
using the tender leaves finely chopped, and the petals pulled out.
Preheat oven to 400 F, and grease an 9x12 inch pan (I use an 11" cast iron frying pan)
Sift together and set aside:
2 c flour ( I use half quinoa flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
Beat together in a large bowl, in this order:
1/2 c sugar
2 c buttermilk
1/4 c butter, melted and sl cooled
1 c stone ground cornmeal
Stir dry ingredients and chopped dandelion leaves and prepared petals into the buttermilk mixture.
Turn into prepared pan. Bake at 400 F for 25-30 min, or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm. Makes 12 Servings.