Spring marks the revitalization of all things in nature. Being a time of birth and growth, all plants bud and flourish. To mirror this in all the aspects of our lives this month by being open and unhindered both physically and emotionally is the best way to balanced health. Are you living the “Spring Lifestyle”? Let’s tap into the treasure house of traditional Chinese medicine and see...
According to the Internal Classic of Medicine, it is advisable to go to bed and wake up early. A brisk morning walk can do wonders for our health this time of year as we are able to drawn in nature’s invigorating energy. It is a perfect opportunity to practice some Qi cultivation exercises out-of-doors.
Remember to wear loose-fitting clothing over the next two months and take the time to do some stretching and limbering exercises to improve the health of one’s muscles and tendons. Doing this can prevent injury during the active months of summer.
Seeking equality amongst all things is the key to emotional health during the months of spring. This is because this time of year tends to bring out indulgence in anger, frustration, and other excess emotions that may lead to depression and injury to the liver-gallbladder organ and meridian networks. Maintaining a flexible mind and body will make life easier.
Going against this wisdom of natural order is sure to bring illness in the summer months.
The image of Spring is that of seeds sprouting and breaking through the earth, reaching, extending up and outward toward the summer sun. In correspondence with this, we seek to consume more sprouts, young leafy greens, and those foods with a naturally sweet or slightly bitter flavor.
In the old book Sun Zhen Ren Wei Sheng Ge it states that in spring people should “have more sweet food and less sour food.” In the Yun Ji Qi Jian, it recommends that “people should have food cool in nature and should stay away from spicy, warming, stimulating foods.” The book She Sheng Xiao Xi Lun advises, “People shouldn’t drink too much alcohol or eat too much dough from rice or flour, which is hard to digest and may hurt the spleen and stomach.”
From the above recommendations, we can see that it is important to protect our digestive function in the spring and to avoid overly stimulating food or drink that may cause our energy to rise and lead to excessive emotions.
The climate of spring is extremely variable and dominated by wind that carries warmth or cold with it. Therefore, it is important to dress properly to prevent exposing the body to harm from these pathogenic influences. As advocated in the book She Sheng Xiao Xi Lun, “One shouldn’t wear thin cotton clothing when it is still chilly in the spring. The temperature is so variable, one should reduce their clothing layers gradually, not suddenly as to shock the body. In spring it is important to protect oneself from the wind and cold.
What you can do...
Take initiative this Spring by getting out doors for a walk and some limbering exercises. Go to bed early and wake up early to take advantage of this seasons heavenly timing.
Remember to dress for the changing weather so as not never be caught by the wind or cold. Using several thin layers of clothes is most helpful. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and whole grains, including a little more sprouts and young greens with your meals. Avoid overeating too much meat, fish, or other acrid stimulating food or drink like alcohol.
Have a Happy and prosperous Spring!
all good medicine,