Spring is here: Love your liver

'QI' organ: Spring is the best time for taking care of the liver. It is a time of cleansing by nourishing and supporting the liver, according to Chinese medicine.
'QI' organ: Spring is the best time for taking care of the liver. It is a time of cleansing by nourishing and supporting the liver, according to Chinese medicine.

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Spring has finally sprung, bringing longer warmer days and a sense of growth and renewal. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, our organ systems correspond to the rhythms of nature and the seasons and spring is the prime time to address the liver and gallbladder.

Registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist from Diamond Bridge Clinic, David Tu said the spring season correlates with the element wood, which governs the liver/gallbladder meridians.

Imbalances of this meridian may manifest as: spinal problems, poor flexibility, arthritis, headache, neck pain, allergies, eye problems and indigestion.

“In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is in change of moving ‘Qi’ throughout the body,” he said. 

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“When the liver cannot move the body’s Qi, people tend to feel depressed or even angered and agitated in addition to digestive difficulties.

“The emotion most closely tied to the liver and the quality of spring is the explosive nature of anger. You may find yourself becoming easily angered over trivial matters.

“The liver is the seat of the emotions, so stagnant blocked liver Qi (energy) may lead to indecision, irritability, feeling of weak rootedness, or easy to anger,” David said.

Spring is the best time for taking care of the liver. It is a time of cleansing by nourishing and supporting the liver.

This is a time that we can support our liver’s functions through key nutrition, herbs and acupuncture.

David said stagnation of the liver meridian may be balanced with acupuncture and specific Chinese herbal formulas to harmonise and activate smooth liver Qi, and with outdoor exercises, eating fresh green vegetables and fruits.

“Chinese acupuncture is a way to help during this natural time of cleansing and detox, it smoothes and settles the liver so that it can do its many tasks more efficiently,” he said. 

Using acupuncture as a support during detox and drainage is beneficial, since acupuncture works on strengthening the organs of elimination and moving anything that is unbeneficial out of the body.

“Herbal medicine is another way to help nourish the liver and restore it to optimal function.”

Some of the benefits of a springtime cleansing are:  clear thoughts, more energy and endurance, improved skin and complexion, better digestion, emotional stability and weight loss.

Be good to your liver this spring by seeing our acupuncturist for acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine support.

Visit Diamond Bridge Clinic at Beaudesert or visit diamondbridgeclinic.com.au, or phone (07) 3807 0067.​