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How Acupuncture Can Help This Spring

In acupuncture theory, we human beings are seen as microcosms of the natural world with its different seasons and energies. The organ associated with the vibrant energy of spring is the Liver - which in acupuncture theory includes not just the organ itself, but it's energy channels and spirit. Spring can become a time when the Liver and its associated functions thrive. However, just now as we transition from winter to spring the Liver is still finding its feet and certain symptoms are more likely to show up. Acupuncture can treat these symptoms by restoring balance to the Liver system.

Acupuncture Can Help If…

Here are six signs that your Liver may need some acupuncture love:

You feel extra tense
In acupuncture, the Liver is the system that’s responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. When the Liver is not functioning optimally, things like emotional stress, rigid posture, shallow breathing, and jaw clenching may become exacerbated.

You have headaches and other aches and pains
When our energy isn’t flowing smoothly, we start to experience what acupuncturists think of as stagnation-type symptoms. These include pain, and specifically pain that feels like pressure, tightness or restriction. Tension headaches and menstrual cramps which can occur at any time of year can often be worse in spring.

You feel irritable or on a short fuse
Are you feeling more annoyed than charmed by the springtime sound of chirping birds? The emotional symptoms associated with Liver imbalances mimic the physical stagnation that happens. You may notice yourself feeling extra irritable or frustrated, perhaps more easily annoyed. There’s an emotional stuckness that can take hold in spring. All organ systems in acupuncture have an associated emotion. Liver’s emotion is anger. A healthy dose of anger helps complete a balanced emotional profile. However, when the Liver isn’t appropriately keeping things in check, there is a tendency for anger to rise up and you may have a harder time than usual controlling your anger.

Your muscles are stiff
The Liver and its associated system, Gallbladder, is said to nourish the body’s connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. You may notice increased stiffness, tension or tightness in your muscles and joints in spring.

Your digestion is messed up
Healthy digestion is heavily dependent on consistent and smooth movement throughout the whole body. When the Liver fails to maintain flow, digestive disturbances can easily occur. There’s also the whole brain-gut connection. When emotional stress is higher than usual, digestive function naturally declines.

Your eyes are bothering you
Just as all organ systems have an associated emotion, they also have an associated sense. Sight goes with the Liver system, so any issues related to eye health such as tired or dry eyes are usually attributed, at least in part, to a Liver imbalance.