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The Springtime Meridians

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

During spring the life force in our bodies is most active in the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians (energy pathways). These meridians are responsible for the liver and gallbladder organs as well as the eyes, blood, tendons, and ligaments.

We’ve spoken about the liver meridian, among other functions it stores and filters blood, regulates chi and prana, rules the health of muscles, tendons, nails, hands, and feet and is responsible for balancing emotions.

The major functions of the Gallbladder Meridian are:

  • Secretes digestive enzymes to break down fat
  • Gives us the ability to follow our path in life
  • Helps with our capacity to regain equilibrium aftershock
  • These meridians also affect anger, frustration, and courage. The liver controls the ability to plan one’s life, while the gallbladder controls the capacity to make decisions.

Some symptoms of impaired Gallbladder function are:

  • Pain over the eyes
  • Gas, bloating
  • Pain along IT band
  • Cramping at the 4th toe, knees, and thigh

Some symptoms of a congested liver are:

  • Skin problems; rashes, brown skin spots
  • Difficulty losing body fat
  • Distended stomach on a thin body
  • Ringing in the ears

Tips for supporting and rejuvenating your Liver and Gallbladder:

  • Start your day with a cup of lemon water
  • Juice or blend beets, apples, lemon, carrots, and dandelion greens
  • Eat more sulfur-rich foods: garlic and onions, and vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collards, and cabbage
  • Have your energy balanced

Springtime and the Gallbladder Meridian

In Traditional Chinese Medicine each of the twelve meridians has a specific two-hour time period when the Qi (energy) is at its peak in that meridian. The Gallbladder Meridian is most active between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am. Its partner meridian, Liver, is most active between 1:00 am and 3:00 am. If you are consistently waking during these hours, it is an indication of imbalance in these energy pathways.

When the energy of a meridian is blocked and not flowing freely due to an overload of stress, poor eating habits or overexertion, physical symptoms appear.

Causes of Gallbladder dysfunction include:

  • Excessive consumption of processed, greasy and fatty foods
  • Anger, frustration and bottled up resentment
  • Excessive consumption of dairy products
  • Insufficient water intake

To support a healthy Gallbladder Meridian:

  • Exercise (yoga is especially helpful)
  • Start your day with a glass of lemon water
  • Identify food sensitivities
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit and smaller portions of antibiotic-free protein

The Energy of Spring – Liver Meridian

In Chinese Medicine, man is seen as part of the natural world.  Therefore, in order to experience optimum health and wellbeing and prevent disease living in harmony with the seasons of nature is of utmost importance.  Spring is a season of new life and growth.

The energies associated with spring are liver and gallbladder.  Liver Meridian carries the energizing and expansive energy of spring in our bodies.

Last week I spoke about the associations of liver and symptoms of imbalanced liver energy.  Today I want to expand on that.
The most common symptoms of liver imbalance are:

  • Anger or irritation
  • Depression
  • Shoulder and neck tension
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Menstrual disorders (PMS, irregular or painful menses)
  • Digestive problems (IBS, indigestion)

In spring there is an increase in these symptoms because our energy is most active in Liver Meridian. To help harmonize liver energy:

  • Get enough rest and wake early
  • Increase intake of greens: sprouts, arugula, kale, watercress – help purify the liver and gallbladder.
  • Add the sour flavor to your diet- lemon water or apple cider vinegar in water in the morning.
  • I can’t emphasize exercise enough, especially for depression.  Walking in nature 20- 30 minutes 3 times a week is very helpful.
  • Include downtime in your schedule.
  • Have your energy balanced with acupuncture or acupressure.

The Liver Meridian in Spring

The energy of spring is powerful enough to push crocus flowers up and outward through the hardened soil and snow. As we are part of nature this same energy is beginning to ignite in our bodies. This time of year, many people are interested in walking outside and starting or gearing up an exercise program.

The energy meridians most active in spring are Liver and Gallbladder. Today I want to discuss Liver Meridian. As the springtime energy awakens in our bodies, if our liver energy is unbalanced, we will feel out of sorts.

The liver is responsible for maintaining the smooth flow of qi and blood. It also plays a role in aiding the smooth flow of emotions. Other associations of the Liver Meridian are: ligaments and tendons, the eyes, the color green, the emotion of anger and frustration, and the sour flavor.

A stagnated liver energy can result in headaches, eye problems (i.e. blurry vision), high blood pressure, tendon problems, dry or itchy eyes, bloating and indigestion. To support the liver:

  • get outside to walk in nature
  • drink alcohol in moderation
  • have a practice to de-stress (i.e. yoga, meditation, any type of exercise)
  • Have your energy balanced with acupressure or acupuncture

Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here.  The weather has warmed, the air is lighter, and you can see the birds getting active.  The energy pathways most active in spring are Gall Bladder and Liver Meridians.

Spring is associated with the wood element;

the energy of plants breaking through the soil and buds appearing on the bare trees.  This time of year is perfect for cleansing both externally and internally; letting go of the old and making way for the new.  The color of spring is green and the taste is sour.

To support the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians incorporate leafy greens such as dandelion, chickweed, watercress, sprouts, lettuces, chard, and arugula into your diet.  These greens help to purify the Liver and Gall Bladder.

“The Liver and Gall Bladder work together to move blood and bile, and play pivotal roles in:”

  • The ligaments and tendons- which aid flexibility and strength.
  • The eyes and clear vision.
  • Spleen and lung health- closely aligned with the immune system and susceptibility to seasonal allergies.

Apple cider vinegar or lemon in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is also beneficial for the Gall Bladder as are artichoke and radish. Other detoxification foods for spring are:

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Celery
  • Coconut milk
  • Grapefruit
  • Brown rice, millet, potatoes
  • Green tea
  • Sea vegetables

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