Springtime – Wood Element

spring flowersSpringtime is about renewal, and the amazing ability of nature to move the energy from the depths of winter. From hibernation and into the full view of life, there is new growth in plants and trees. This is Liver time, our body is stretching again and moving into more activity. Eating lighter foods as more greens and other foods become available, our bodies are asking for the change. As we are in Spring in Australia and life force is increased, it marks a great time to clear our Liver and Gall bladder of all stagnancy – like a spring clean of the house; a way of clearing the old to let in the new.

In my experience some of the biggest blocks I see affecting the Liver/ Gall bladder’s smooth flow comes in the way of emotion, such as emotional repression, anger, resentment, impatience, moodiness, and negativity, Also in the reverse, a poor working Liver will increase a lot of these emotions and feelings.

Foods that help the Liver in general:

  • Bitter and sour foods reduce the excesses of the liver, the most common of the remedies is vinegar especially Apple cider. If you have heat in the liver, substitute vinegar with lime, lemon or grapefruit as they are more cooling. Honey when used sparingly can have a good detoxifying effect especially when used with Apple cider vinegar.
  • Rye, Romaine lettuce, asparagus, amaranth, quinoa, alfalfa, raddish leaves, citrus peels.
  • Sprouted grains, beans and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits, help stimulate Liver flow.
  • Other foods for cooling the Liver; Mung beans, celery, seaweeds (Kelp).

Foods that help Liver rejuvenation:

  • Chlorophyll rich foods -Micro Algae, Chlorella, Spirulina, Blue green
  • Other green foods such as Kale,Parsley, Watercress, Alfalfa, and other Collard greens

Chinese Herbs that help the Liver:

  • Peony root
  • Dang gui
  • Rehmannia root
  • Yellow dock root
  • Schizandra
  • Ginseng
  • At the clinic in Melbourne we have a very valuable Liver tonic (capsules) from Dragon Herbs, a great long term Liver tonic for those who are wanting to assist the Liver to become healthier.

Western herbs:

  • Dandelion root
  • Milk Thistle
  • Artichoke
  • Licorice
  • Tumeric
  • You can discuss Western herbs more specifically with our Naturopath Erin, contact Erin by email: erin@erinquint.com.au.

Other helpful tips:

  • Essential oils particularly helpful with moods and emotions.
  • To assist the body eliminate with colonics or enemas talk with Chali from our clinic. Contact Chali by email: info@beholistichealth.com.au.
  • Finally, Qigong and movement that is not too vigorous are also great ways to help the Liver and blood regenerate. Five Element Qigong is coming to Melbourne very soon.