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Spring is the ideal time for cleansing, performing outdoor activities and growth.

It’s also a great time to focus on releasing your negative emotions that are ingrained in anger, resentment, frustration and lethargy. During this time, we make several changes to our lifestyle to help us make the transition from winter to spring. But as with any seasonal change, there are organ systems that need specific attention. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shines in helping us to make a successful transition.

In TCM, the spring season is linked with the wood element and correlates to the liver. One way to make the transition from winter to spring better is by undergoing a spring cleanse. Disposing of any of the clutter that has been built in the winter months may assist with the underlying anger or sorrow.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated around 3000 years back has been used for centuries to treat various diseases and ailments. TCM treats and heals through natural herbs, diet, acupuncture and many other ways. (1) In this article, you’ll find the best tips on how to boost your health and prevent disease in the spring season through TCM.

Role of the liver and large intestine during spring

In Chinese Medicine, the liver is usually the primary target for springtime cleansing and prevention from disease. The liver and the large intestine are responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body. Our physical and emotional activity runs smoothly when the liver and large intestine function smoothly.

When the liver becomes out of balance it can cause problems such as high blood pressure, digestive issues, tendon problems and mood swings to name a few.

Spring is the time to switch from internal contractive to more external expansive

After winter when we enter the spring season, we need to make the switch from internal contractive to external expansive to regulate the movement of Qi throughout the body.


Internal Contractive is connected with staying indoors, more relaxing time at home and having minimum outdoor activities.


External Expansive on the other hand is linked with more outdoor time, more outdoor activities, going on vacations, adventures and sleeping late.


These are some major changes that most of us will make when we transition from winter to the spring season. These changes can have a toll on our bodies, but fortunately, with the help of TCM, we can improve and strengthen our health and boost our overall wellbeing.

Looking at the spring season from a Chinese medicine perspective

Spring season can bring along many diseases and health problems such as allergies, asthma, Lyme disease and the common cold. Being prepared for potential springtime conditions can help you enjoy a healthy start to the season.

Spring is the season of Yin within Yang. In the spring seasonal energies change from the winter yin towards the summer yang.  In Chinese Medicine, the liver channel is responsible for the steady flow of qi and blood in the 12 channels or meridians of the body. If you think of the body as a map, the 12 channels are like highways, and preferably, we like to travel on these roadways without disturbance or traffic.

It is essential, particularly in the spring, to cleanse the liver and lungs to bring harmony between them and other organs of the body. TCM can help you to accomplish this goal.

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Yin Yang balance principle

People with more workloads are more prone to sickness. Also, those who have a poor diet or do little or no exercise usually have low Qi and Yang levels, which means an imbalance of yin and yang. Spring is yang, according to TCM. It portrays creativity, warmth and light. Fall and winter are yin which portrays the dark and cold seasons. Yin and yang reflect balance and as in nature, our mind, soul and heart need to be balanced to stay healthy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine tips to stay healthy this Spring

Here are some amazing tips according to TCM that you can follow to stay in perfect health this spring:

1.Look after your liver

As we already discussed, the liver is the organ related to the spring season. So, it’s very important to avoid all bad habits such as eating junk foods, processed foods, drinking alcohol and more to keep your liver in the best shape possible.

2.Diet For Spring 

Green is the color of spring. Eating fresh leafy greens can improve the liver’s overall function and can help improve the movement of Qi. According to TCM, sour tasting foods such as lemons are also believed to stimulate the Liver’s Qi.

3.Spring clean (detox)

You can detox your liver using natural herbs such as milk thistle to cleanse your liver and regulate the flow of energy for better wellbeing. (2)

4.Exercise for Spring 

Any form of exercise can improve the flow of blood to all parts of the body and can help to unwind some of those physical and energetic knots. You can opt for yoga, jogging, walking, hiking, weights or cycling to stay fit during the spring season.

5.Keep warm

The wind is the external negative associated with spring. Many of the meridian points that can be easily affected by wind are on the upper back, neck and head. Wearing a scarf or hoodie, particularly when it’s windy, can help prevent you from many diseases.

Acupuncture For  Spring Season 

Acupuncture improves the balance and flow of Qi energy that is deemed important for health in TCM. When the body is stable, Qi flows effortlessly across the meridians that make up a dynamic network of pathways around the body.

When the Qi balance or flow is impaired or blocked, it may be weak or prone to disease. Acupuncture addresses both the signs and the underlying causes of the disease, thereby improving the flow of Qi and Yang in the body. (3)

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Herbal supplements

There are a wide variety of natural herbs that have been used for ages to treat several different diseases. You can try these herbal supplements to improve your Qi and yang energy and boost your immune system.

The bottom line

It is very important to take special care of your liver, especially in spring as according to TCM, the liver is the organ associated with this season. Fortunately, by following simple and easy TCM tips you can boost your liver health and improve the flow of Qi in your body through diet, exercise, reducing negativity and making some positive lifestyle changes.

You can also opt for herbal supplements and acupuncture to boost your immune system and stay healthy during the spring season.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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