The ebb and flow of the seasons is time again to visit the Five Element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the 5 being: Fire-Earth-Metal-Water-Wood. Each element is associated with certain seasons, organs, muscles, physiological processes, time of day, colour, taste, an innate virtue/emotion and block to that virtue and several more.
Although winter is lingering, today I'm spotlighting SPRING, which is just one of the associations of the WOOD element. The element governs planning and decision making and houses the vital pairing of the Liver and Gallbladder meridians (energy systems). Wood's innate virtue is BENEVOLENCE (kindness/forgiveness) and block, ANGER.
Imbalance in this element can see anger (inward or outward) used inappropriately rather than as an impetus for productive action. A balanced Wood element brings adaptability during this time of surprising growth, allowing for rational planning and decisiveness rather than frustration and extremes.
Thankfully, Spring naturally coaxes us into a soft awakening, a kindness towards ourselves and others as counterbalance to the irritability of being roused from hibernation!
Activate Wood's hun (spirit/soul) through flexible movement-walking, Tai Chi, gentle yoga; go for green foods and payback your endlessly cleansing liver/gallbladder with tonifying warm water with lemon juice. A back massage, particularly below the shoulder blades may also help! Your Wood element qi will thank you 🌳🙏🏻TCM is a pivotal tool in kinesiology #kinesiology #TCM#energyhealing #balance #health #mindbodysoul #wellness #holistichealing#preventativemedicine