As spring has transitioned from the harsh Wisconsin winter, once again we see nature complete a cycle and allow a new season to begin. In summer, we are active and full of energy. In the fall, we begin to slow down in preparation for winter. Spring is typically a time for renewal and rebirth. This transition of seasons is a beautiful time to take a close look at our lives. Are our homes filled with free flowing, positive energy and clear spaces? Are our bodies nourished with healthy foods, exercise and rest? Are our relationships filled with kindness, open communication and love?
The Chinese organs connected with spring are the liver and gallbladder. The liver meridian stores blood, ensures the smooth flow of Qi (chee) and controls the sinews (muscles and tendons). Liver Qi manifests in the finger and toe nails, opens the outside world through the eyes and holds the ethereal soul. Symptoms of blocked, stagnant, or deficient liver Qi include poor nourishment to the tissues, eczema, psoriasis, weak nails, muscle cramps, numbness, tremors, Parkinson's disease, weak limbs, menstrual issues like PMS, chest/ rib pain, and indigestion (belching, sour regurgitation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation). Because liver Qi opens to the eyes, symptoms such as blurred vision, myopia, floaters, and color blindness are treated as liver Qi imbalances. Other reported symptoms include the sensation of floating just before sleeping, irritability, dizziness, tinnitus, and headaches. Emotions which signal liver Qi imbalance include, anger, frustration, and depression.
A real life example is illustrated by stagnant liver Qi from too much stress and an unhealthy lifestyle. A stagnant liver cannot feed the heart, and this often leads to depression and anxiety. A stagnant liver also pulls too much energy from the kidneys - leading to fatigue, sexual problems and more.
Although the liver meridian is the most influential, the paired organ to the liver is the gallbladder. The gallbladder Qi produces bile to digest fats regulated by the smooth flow of Qi by the liver. Symptoms of gallbladder imbalance are sick stomach from fatty, rich foods and alcoholic drinks, scanty and dark yellow urine, dry mouth, worry and the inability to make a clear decisive decision. The gallbladder Qi also controls courage and initiative.
With the use of specific acupuncture points, we can rebalance your liver and gallbladder meridians, renewing the free flow of liver Qi and renewing your energy and emotional well-being.