We are transitioning out of the yin, contractive, cooling nature of Winter (yes, even here in Hawaii), into the yang, expansive, warmer nature of Spring. This season in the theory of Chinese medicine relates to the Liver meridian. Our Liver in both Western and Chinese terms is one of the hardest working systems in the body. In Chinese medicine, it is the General of the troops, making sure all things flow smoothly and easily, both physically and emotionally. It is easily affected by the brisk winds of Spring. Because it is warmer now than in Winter, our pores are more open and we may be sweating. However, in the transition between Winter and Spring, the weather can be slightly erratic, changing quickly from warm to cold and back again. We need to keep ourselves covered up and warm during this transitional time, especially the neck. The neck is the primary place on the body where the wind enters, causing a “wind invasion”, or the “common cold” in Western terms. Wearing a light scarf, bandana or even just poppin’ your collar up can help to keep the wind from invading.
When the Liver is not running smoothly or is disrupted by the windiness of Spring, stagnation can occur. This may show up as poor digestion, headaches, dizziness, emotional upset, frustration, anger, anxiety or even muscle cramps.
Make time to nurture your Liver meridian and enjoy the bounty that Spring offers by taking a walk near the ocean, spending time in the country looking for the new blooms and growth that Spring inspires or just a moment in the evening enjoying the stars and constellations of the season.