Let’s take a brief look at Traditional Chinese Medicine. Spring season is about the Wood element, as the tiny shoots are starting to grow: they have to make a big push to break through the ground and battle the weather, the aphids, the snails, the deer, etc. It’s about letting go of the old (Spring Cleaning), taking a look at the big picture and making a plan. Making a visionary plan!
When wood element is boxed in, or not feeling right, the energy is impatience, anxiety, impulsiveness. Yes, even downright ornery. But if the wood element is in balance, the treasures are vision and insight, flexibility and creativity. Sound familiar? (“Gee if I could only get rid of all these details I could get on to bigger, greater plans!”)
Here’s some things you can do:
Acupressure points can be wonderful for relief from emotions and pain. You can apply pressure, then release slowly, or massage in a circular motion (don’t go overboard). You can also apply essential oils to acupressure points. Note: If you are pregnant, it is not a good idea to use certain points, including the Liver 3 point and the LI4 point.
The liver is directly related to the Wood element. Liver is the planner, the visionary. Makes sense, since the liver also affects the eyes. The liver’s job is to rid the body of chemicals, hormones and toxins. When it’s overloaded with stress, pollen, foods we couldn’t resist that weren’t exactly our best choices, etc. it has trouble doing its job and gets out of balance.
A great point for the liver is the Liver 3 point, (Liv3) also known as the “Great Surge”, the place of balance and grounding. This point is located on the top of the foot, in the valley between the bones of the big and 2nd toe. Applying pressure on this point can help release irritability, anxiety and tension. Like letting off steam.
The Gall Bladder is also related to the wood element. Gall Bladder is the decision maker, the implementer of the plan. Imbalances in the Gall Bladder may feel like “I think I know what I need to do, but I just can’t get moving on it” or “I just can’t decide what to do.”
A great point for the Gall Bladder is Gall Bladder 37, (GB37) also known as Wilderness Mound. (Think about it, if you’re in the wilderness, find a mound so you can see the layout and have a better idea of what to do.) This point is located on the back of the lower leg: if you put your hand on the outside of your leg just above the “outside knuckle”, it would be at the top of the hand, just about 1 inch toward the back.
Applying pressure on this point can help us to see what are the decisions we need to make.
Other things you can do to help your liver:
• To help detox the liver you can drink a glass if water with fresh squeezed lemon juice, first thing in the morning. A drop of therapeutic grade essential lemon oil works well too.
• Avocados are a great source of glutathione, which are made up of amino acids that work as antioxidants and help support the liver.
• Thyme oil (thymus vulgaris L.) is great support for your liver. You can rub a few drops on your Liv3 and GB37 points, and along the arch of your feet. If your skin is sensitive, you can mix a few drops with jojoba oil first.
Aside from that, please remember your points, drink lots of water, and smile: summer is on its way!!
This information is intended to help alleviate some common discomfort, and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. The diagnosis and treatment of disease is solely within the license of the medical profession. If you know or suspect that you have a condition which may warrant the care of a licensed medical professional, it would be in your best interests to see one.