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Ready, Set...Wood Season!: Tips for Staying Balanced in Spring

Spring / Wood Element

The best place to start learning about the Wood Element is by clicking the blog post above, which gives an overview of the Element.
Then, have fun scrolling down to learn more about Wood and how to keep your own Wood Element balanced!

Those of you who’ve been around the block with me for a few years have heard me talk about how essential it is in the Spring to have clear goals, and to be moving towards them with ambition.  This is because according to Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory, we are in the season related to the Liver/Wood Element. But in this post I’m focusing on common pitfalls that occur along the way; which often stem...

As you watch this video, if you suspect you’re a Wood type because you see these qualities in yourself…remember!…it doesn’t mean that you’re like this all the time, or even that you ever display the extremely imbalanced traits that I discuss here. Those who are very unbalanced in their element display the most exaggerated traits of that element, which are helpful to use as teaching points to illustrate the underlying drive of the element. But...

Wake up, it’s Spring! Last week, I stepped into my garden for the first time since fall. Low and behold, there, shooting up like little explosive fireworks, were my Chives! In little 5 inch tall bundles, they announced the arrival of Spring. But doesn’t it seem early for this? And then the acupuncturist in me got hit on the head with an epiphany: Aaaaah, THAT’S why everyone is coming into the acupuncture clinic saying they’ve...

“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered”–Ralph Waldo Emerson  We’ve all seen ’em, we’ve all got ’em, right? Those pesky, durable flowers that sprout up from everywhere in our gardens and driveways.  The typical response is to either yank them out and throw them into the garden waste bag, or to give them a good dose of toxic weed killer. Why not use them instead to your advantage, getting FREE...

 For years, I’ve been aware that wind stirs up frustration in me like nothing else.And apparently, I’m not the only one!Everywhere I go, people have been mentioning how edgy they get when the wind picks up. “I just want to punch someone!”, one usually delightful woman admitted. Chinese Medicine documented thousands of years ago the imbalances that can occur when we’re exposed to wind, and I want to give you a little insight into this...

If you’ve been following my last couple posts, then you know that we’re headed into Wood Season, and it can be a time of being challenged with increased impatience, agitation, irritability, and anger.This is because the Wood element, associated with the Liver, corresponds with these emotions.While this can mean more struggles for many people, particularly those that fall into the “wood type” category (classic Type A, perfectionists/OCD, very driven and/or competitive in nature), if we...

You know the drill…you’re driving along, you’ve got somewhere to be, and just your luck, you’re hitting EVERY RED LIGHT. As if that isn’t bad enough, the lights seem to be turning green particularly……  slowly  …..  today  ….. Winter Turns to Spring — in its own good time… When I moved here to Fort Collins, it was my first time living somewhere where we actually had a change in seasons.  Never before had I experienced...

Every year, it’s either my acupuncture patients, or the plants in my yard (sometimes both) which alert me to the fact that the wood element energy, associated with the liver, is starting to rise up around us.Because it seems to be raring its nasty little head earlier than usual this year, I'm posting about this energy, how it affects us, and what you can do to avoid the common symptoms that seem to flare up...

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it’s virtually an explosion in green! In the past, at the beginning of the growing season I would traipse off to Farmer’s Market, only to be disappointed that there was no...

I promised in my last post on the Wood element that I would write on the cellular affects of meditation, and why it is such an important practice for all of us to be doing. Especially as we begin to head into wood element season — the element notorious for, shall we say, being a little temperamental – it’s even more important that we have some tools to counteract the heightened stress that may happen...

(UPDATE: Since going paleo I no longer eat cheese. Booooo! :-( This sure was yummy though!)   Every acupuncturist knows that as we head into spring, it is more important than ever to keep our livers happy.  Acupuncture theory states that the spring season is related to the Wood Element (more on this in the coming weeks) and the Liver organ; and that greens are one of the best foods we can eat to keep...

Does this sound like you? “One day my right shoulder hurts, then the next my left hip.  Then suddenly, my wrist will hurt for no reason.  I’ve had X-rays done at various times and nothing is ever ‘wrong’”. To an acupuncturist, this is a classic case of Liver Qi Stagnation. While western medicine doesn’t recognize the connection between pain and our liver, (or stress and the liver, for that matter) it is well documented in...

People love hating beets. I do admit, they can go either way…if not cooked right, they have a taste that can be a little…well, bad. But I just tried a new recipe this week that has me fanatical over this humble red root. Because beets are so wonderful for nourishing your “liver blood”, and according to acupuncture and Chinese medicine theory we are in Wood season which relates to the liver, this is a perfect...

Liver related symptoms get exacerbated in the Wood Element Season of acupuncture theory As I wrote about in my “chive” blog, it is common as an acupuncturist to see an increase in each season of symptoms related to the organ that is associated with that current season.  According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood Season.  Therefore, many patients begin seeking acupuncture in the spring for increased or exacerbated symptoms related to Wood...

    I don’t know about you, but I just love the rain. I know some people complain about the rain, and for those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) too  many days without sunshine can definitely bring them down. But luckily we’ve had sunshine in abundance lately, so for this week’s Wisdom, I am sending a little message from a Chinese medicine perspective on how this little storm we’re having now can actually help balance...

  Because according to Chinese medicine we are still in the season related to the liver (Wood), I am continuing to focus my posts on various things you can do to help keep your liver balanced.  Don’t worry…soon enough we’ll be in the season related to Fire, and you’ll get to hear some completely new stuff. :-) Western vs. Chinese “Liver” When acupuncturists use the word “liver”, we sometimes mean the actual organ as recognized...

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little, little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it is virtually an explosion in green! Usually, at the beginning of growing season, I traipse off to Farmer’s Market, only to be disappointed that there’s no “good stuff” yet. ...

OK, well you may not exactly see me dressed quite like the picture above …but what you will likely notice when you come in for your treatments is that I will not always be dressed in my usual business-casual clothes. Why is this?  Because I’m wanting to practice what I preach, and be one more reminder for what we ALL need to be doing: staying fit.  Like many people, for me, finding time and motivation...

And of what time of year am I speaking? Wood time.  The season, according to the 5 Elements theory of Chinese medicine, related to the Liver, to the energy of discipline, “getting it done”, frustration (when things don’t happen with the ease or timeliness that we would wish), and to a great VISION for where we want our lives to be heading. The challenge of the Wood Element Anyone who understands the 5 Elements knows...

Feeling more irritable lately? Getting bothered by the silly little things? Well you’re not alone! Already this week people are beginning to report an increase in their levels of irritability and frustration. Get ready, because that time of year is just around the corner. As the days become longer and we move out of Water season and into the Wood, the energy is about to take its most dramatic turn of the year, and everything...