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Springtime and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

As we prepare for Spring, it’s helpful to understand what is going on around us energetically and how to prepare for it.  The season of Spring is one of rebirth, growth, and awakening…full of upward and outward moving energy.  It’s the most energetically intense time of the year.


The Wood Element

Of the 5 elements, Spring is part of the Wood element which includes the liver and gallbladder organs, and the tendon and ligament tissues.  Spring can be the perfect time to start a new and intense exercise program, drawing upon the fresh supply of energy around us but it’s equally important to double up on stretching so that the tendons and ligaments can safely support the muscles.  While deep meditation is the perfect spiritual practice for the stillness of Winter, Spring is the perfect time to try a practice like Tai Chi or Qi Gong, which require movement. 



Nutritionally, sour foods like citrus, vinegar, yogurt, pickles, and soy sauce support the body’s awakening while alcohol and caffeine can be more harmful this time of year. 


Common Ailments

The Wood element also governs the eyes and eyesight so it’s a perfect time for a visit to your eye care professional.  Common ailments that flair-up in the Spring are headaches (especially migraines), eye disorders, tendon/ligament tears, anger and frustration, menstrual disorders, tremors/spasms, and stroke. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help but it’s important to also include seasonally appropriate nutrition, energy work and a carefully curated exercise program…one that is tailored not only to the person but also has the flexibility to shift and change with the seasons.


How does TCM Help?

Acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists work closely with their patients every day to treat conditions affecting the body, mind, and spirit.  One of the ways we do this is by helping our patients make seasonally appropriate choices about food, exercise, and lifestyle.  Each season presents an opportunity to align one’s body more closely with the rhythms of the environment.


Cory Walsh DeLise, Lic.Ac. holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College in Los Angeles, California. 

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