Agni G. Larsen, Registered Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner at Atlas Health Therapy shares some words about shifting into Spring from the perspective of Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine designates Spring as the perfect time to cleanse and rejuvenate health and well-being. Spring relates to the element of Wood which has a rising upwards and outwards energy like the daffodils and other spring flowers we’re seeing around Victoria today. It is the season to begin working out and to start eating fresh, light meals.

The Wood element corresponds with the Liver and Gallbladder and Spring is the perfect time for a reset and detox. The emotions tied to these organs include impatience, resentment, edginess, rudeness, anger and aggression. Acupuncture can help smooth out this frustrated Liver energy by releasing blockages and encouraging the free flow of circulation to allow an individual to move through stagnation.

Illnesses which occur frequently in the Spring include: common colds and flu, asthma, nasal congestion, hay fever, strep throat, headaches and migraines, Lyme disease, fatigue, and irritability. Acupuncture, cupping therapy and Chinese herbal medicine are effective modalities to clear invasive wind-heat and prevent colds from lingering and becoming more severe. Specific points unblock the sinuses and strengthen immunity to treat seasonal allergies and increase energy and stamina.