Can you feel it? Spring is just around the corner and already we can feel the energy of the earth and the plants start to rise up.
How does this feel in your body? Are you feeling an increase in vitality or are you feeling bogged down by the winter indulgences and time indoors? If you have not managed your stress levels optimally, you may feel an increase in anxiety and emotional imbalances and physical tension at this time of year.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, seasons are associated wit the elements (among other things) and the element associated with spring is wood! The wood energy of spring wants to push through and get things done- think about rejuvenating sun bringing plants out of the ground and supporting growth.
It is active, energetic, and supports creativity and leadership to take charge of the things we want tot do.
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We look for ways in which your energy systems and liver may be stagnant, deficient, or excessive and how that is manifesting for you physically and emotionally. Spring cleaning is a thing for a reason, and truly does start from within! The liver is a major detoxification organ, and the emotion associated with it is anger that can manifest as irritability, frustration and so on, so supporting the liver energetically through acupuncture and by supporting gentle detoxification through nutrition and herbal supplementation is very beneficial during this season of change and growth.
All of this being said, I am passionate about looking at health from multiple view points and this is a perfect example of how I do so in practice – examining the emotional/mental and physical aspects of health and how they intertwine and affect each other, and how we can affect change through various treatments.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish proverb
I am here for you if you want support in reaching your health and wellness goals. Reach out with questions or to book an appointment.
My intention for my sessions with you is to explore your health needs and goals in a way that brings you to a state of ease and balance.
Sessions with me are comprehensive and empowering; they are relaxing and balancing and I stress the importance of your care as an individual.
In clinic I work with acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, craniosacral therapy, breathwork often blending modalities to maximize the benefits.
As needed, I prescribe herbal medicine and offer nutritional advice and home self care ideas.
A session with me may include:
– acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, craniosacral therapy.
– herbs and supplements tailored your personal health situation.
– going over self care such as acupressure points, stretching, diet, recommendations
– discussing lifestyle habits that will make you feel better in your body and your home.
– spending some time together as I guide you in gentle meditations and breathwork to help you reset, recharge and calm anxiety and worry.
Spring is a great time for a liver detox.
Purification or detoxification, can help remove unwanted toxins from your body and encourage a more healthy weight, increase energy and vitality, clear up skin issues and more! Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can easily become overburdened by dietary (alcohol, caffeine, highly-processed foods) and external toxins we are exposed to everyday like pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals.
Honey and lemon make a great liver tonic to encourage detoxification. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one half fresh-squeezed lemon in a cup of warm water and drink first thing upon waking. This practice will promote better digestion, reduce congestion and has been used for centuries to aid in weight loss and cleansing routines. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used, since it has a sour taste which has a detoxifying effect on the liver.
Some herbs that are excellent for a liver detox and tonic include:
Reishi mushroom, Astragulus, Burdock root, Dandelion root, Turmeric root, Schizandra berry, Milk Thistle, Cardamom.
These can be cooked into teas or added to your cooking in creative ways.
Remember the importance of getting enough rest, eating well and managing stress! Take some deep breaths, drink more water and try the above tips along with coming in for acupuncture treatments to support the process!
Coming in for regular treatments as needed, or seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to strengthen and balance your whole body and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems. Get in touch with me to see how acupuncture, cupping, craniosacral therapy and herbal medicine can help you to stay healthy!