Spring is here
In Chinese Medicine, the element associated with the spring is wood. Wood is known for its strength and flexibility, and is linked with the color green. The wood element represents growth and vibrancy. Think of new plants pushing up through the earth and baby sprouts in the garden. The opposing energy to the wood element is strident and forceful. If this energy is unbalanced in humans, frustration and anger may arise. However, if the energy is channeled properly, it is associated with benevolence and helping others. The wood element is linked to the wind (notice how windy its been in SF lately!) - reflecting the movement and change of the spring and the ability to burst through and overcome obstacles.
Remember that in every season food is medicine.
Eating fresh and in season produce at your local farmers market is ideal, with an emphasis on leafy greens, lettuces, sprouts, and live vital foods. These foods are associated with freshening, cleansing, and building the body. Eating more green foods increases the intake of chlorophyll into our systems and our blood. This is extremely beneficial in oxygenating and purifying our blood which reduces systemic inflammation. This can be accomplished by taking a supplement or simply by eating more green foods.
So let's celebrate this beautiful spring by embracing the wood element and its values! Here are some ideas for the transition:
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