March 3, 2024
by Delaney

Energize Your Essence: Exploring the Vital Connection Between TCM Organ Systems and Acupuncture

 Exploring the Vital Connection Between TCM Organ Systems and Acupuncture

 

      • Spring is the season of air and wind, as it brings in new beginnings and blows the cold months of winter away. Early Spring is a time to begin again and get rid of what is no longer needed. Spring cleaning, not only in your space, but in your mind and body, is a great way to do this! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver is associated with Air and Spring. When the organ is out of balance, the body can experience an increased amount of symptoms related to digestive concerns, menstrual cycles, sleep disturbances, and even mood swings and depression. But, when balanced and cared for, the liver can harbor feelings of confidence, inspiration, and more energized feelings.

    A Happy Liver in a Nutshell

      • - Lifestyle changes

      • - Meditation and breath work 

      • - Social connection/build strong relationships

      • - Creativity 

      • - Acupuncture

      • - Rest

      • - Movement and exercise

    Release Anger With a Healing Approach

      • - Speak your truth

      • - Brainstorm solutions 

      • - Work towards change 

      • - Write down your feelings 

      • - Speak to someone 

    TCM Spring Cleaning

            • There are several ways to ‘spring clean’ your mind this March:
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            • Meditation is a great place to start! Focus on the things you want to manifest for this new season, and release things you want to leave in winter. If it helps, you can also write it down to help you visualize!
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            • Exercise helps get the blood flowing through your body, and helps you feel more energized. It doesn’t have to be training for a marathon, it can be whatever makes you feel good in your body! A brisk walk, biking, and yoga are some ideas to try.
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            • Book your next acupuncture appointment! Giving your body the tools it needs to heal and rest will help energize you for the new season! Acupuncture helps to relieve symptoms, release tension, and lessen anxiety and depression. Leave those winter blues behind at your next Acupuncture session!

     

    Chinese Medicine-Inspired Foods

              • Food is also a great area of life to manifest new beginnings! Eating locally and seasonally is essential because of the high nutrients and vitamins that fruits and vegetables provide for our bodies. Check with your local farmers or farmers market to get abundant available foods for each season. Cut down on alcohol, starchy foods, and sugar because they will cause digestion issues in the body.

    Foods To Help Detox the Liver:

      • - Mustard greens 
      • - Kale
      • - Pea sprouts
      • - Seaweed
      • - Lettuce
      • - Pickles
      • - Cucumbers 
      • - Radish
      • - Watercress

     

      • - Alfalfa

      • - Asparagus

      • - Basil

      • - Broccoli

      • - Collard greens

      • - Leafy greens

      • - Many more!

     


    Spring TCM Recipes

    Here are a couple of recipes to try this month and click on photos to get full recipe information:

    Grilled Vegetable Salad 🥗

      • 1-3 bunches Frisee depending on size

      • 1-2 Maitake mushrooms, depending on size

      • 1 cup cooked lentils

      • 1/2 - 1 bunch asparagus

      • Handful of roasted pumpkin seeds

      • 1 teaspoon of sea salt and black pepper

      • 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar

      • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil or avocado oil

      • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

    Green Goddess Juice 🧃

      • 2 grapefruit

      • 4 large handfuls spinach

      • 5-8 celery stalks, depending on size

    Healthy Zucchini Chips 🥒

      • Olive oil

      • 2 medium zucchini

      • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

      • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

      • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

      • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

    Spring Stir Fry 🍲

      • Pinch of salt

      • 250g rice noodles

      • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

      • 2-3 tablespoons sesame oil

      • 1 cup broccoli

      • 1 cup bean shoots

      • 1 tablespoon shoyu

     

    By Delaney Orsorio & Meggan Law

    References

    Admin. (2022, April 26). Flow with the spring season. Jingshen TCM & Acupuncture Clinic. https://jscm.uk/wellbeing/flow-with-the-spring-season/

    Bartha, E. (2023, March 29). The seasonal shift, its relationship to insomnia, & acupressure. DAO Labs. https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/the-seasonal-shift-its-relationship-to-insomnia

    Fries, H. (2024, January 8). Your liver, your emotions and the flow of qi. DAO Labs. https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/what-is-liver-qi-stagnation

    Macabasco, L. W. (2021, April 22). 7 ways to reinvigorate your spring routine, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Bon Appétit. https://www.bonappetit.com/story/tcm-spring-health-routines