Spring is a time of new beginnings and awakenings. The Inner Classics, an ancient text of Chinese medicine, expresses this season as a time to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks. These are yang activities, reflecting the ascending and active nature of this season.

All around us plant life is growing and the glorious shades of green are in great variance. We can nourish the soul through witnessing the tender colours with our eyes, allowing for clearer vision and seeing life in new ways. It is said that at this time of year the energy in the natural world allows us to reflect internally guiding attention to self-awareness and self-expression.

From the Inner Classics:

“The supernatural forces of spring create wind in Heaven and wood upon the Earth. Within the body they create the liver and tendons; they create the green colour…and give the voice the ability to make the shouting sound…they create the eyes, the sour flavour, and the emotion of anger.”

If you have been feeling the qualities stated above in excess or deficiency, (like sore joints and tendons, irritability, or stuck energy) and are seeking greater harmony, Acupuncture and lifestyle changes can help return the body to its natural alignment and ease symptoms.

Through Shi Lao or Chinese Food Therapy one can harmonize the internal system with simple food practices, for example:

*Starting your day with a warm cup of lemon water.

*Decreasing heavy and rich foods like deep fried and excess dairy products while increasing green vegetables.

*Try a cup of peppermint tea with a teaspoon of raw honey whenever you are feeling hot & bothered.

For more information and guidance in finding your seasonal wellness book an appointment with me at @arbutushealth 📞250.725.2212 or 💻arbutushealth.janeapp.com

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