During the cold winter months, recuperation and nurturing of our qi (energy) deep within begins. As the months go by the energy of winter, which is the water element, begins its transition in to the wood element of spring. Like a well the storage of qi, slowly begins trickling upwards and outwards, eventually overflowing and becoming expansive enough to break free and become a flowing spring, giving birth to life. This surge of energy bursts out bringing colour to our lives, fresh green buds appear along with bouncing lambs, daffodils, snowdrops, blue bells and freshly cut grass which fills the air with spring time fragrances. The wood energy of spring brings and explosive change; life force is at its strongest. This creative energy within us begins to stir, bringing optimism, hope, new ideas, plans and an unstoppable desire to move forward. This seasonal energy gives us the surging potential to break free from the old and move into the new.
The Wood element is connected to our liver qi and gallbladder qi. When in balance we grow quickly, overcome difficulties with ease, we make the right choices which put us on the right path. We flow naturally with our destiny (ming) and we ascend to heaven, upwards, like bamboo. We grow fast, are flexible, strong, and sway with the wind, life seems to flow effortlessly.
The liver is in control of the free flowing and spreading of qi, and when this flow is stagnated we become out of balance, discontented, frustrated and become irritable. When out of balance life seems to be a struggle as the wood energy is either excess or deficient. We become rigid, tense, inflexible, irritable, hot headed, and eventually we snap, or conversely, we lack drive, energy, become timid, feel anxious, repress anger and cannot deal with anger appropriately. The gallbladder is the decision maker, it utilizes the liver’s vision and planning and makes a judgment, deciding which decisions to bring into fruition. When out of balance the gallbladder finds it difficult to make wise decisions, making life difficult and stunting growth.
Wood (Liver and Gallbladder) Imbalances
- Muscle tension
- Prone to tendon and ligament injuries
- Sciatic pain
- Visual disturbances
- High blood pressure
- Overly assertive
- Outbursts of anger
- PMS, Menstrual irregularities, fibroids
- Digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cohn’s, acid reflux, ulcers
Horary Acupuncture Points for the Seasonal Treatment of Spring
Using the wood element points found on the gall bladder and liver channels we can help the mind, body and spirits transition from winter to spring, synchronising with the Dao (the flow of life).
LIVER 1 Dadun; Great Esteem; Jing-well; Wood Point; Entry Point; Horary 1am-3am/Spring
LIV 1 is a jing well point, it is here that the qi begins to bubble upward and flow
outwardly towards the trunk of the body. Dadun can be translated from Chinese to English in to meaning ‘Great Esteem’, ‘Great Clarity’, ‘Great Honesty’ or ‘Big Heap/Mound’. The effects of this point certainly do bring about a great surge of confidence to leap forward with direction, boldness, strength, optimism and flexibility into a new beginning. Helping the patient to leave behind past hurt, resentments, and old thoughts that have hindered them from moving forwards and reaching their potential goals.
Gall Bladder 41 Zulingqi; Foot Above Tears; Shu-Stream; Wood Point; Exit Point; Horary 11-1am/Spring
GB 41 has the ability to tonify its corresponding yin organ, the Liver, it is here that the qi pours down the channel. This point has the ability to remove the restraints of
old negative judgments based on past regrets, resentments, hurts and failures which has led to fearing the unknown, with the inability to move forward with a positive outlook. An explosion of energy will release the suppressed emotions which have prevented the person moving forward, giving courage to jump for
ward and begin with a fresh start.
Acupuncture and exercise are great ways to move stagnant qi, also staying hydrated by drinking 2 liters of water daily will help the liver’s process in detoxifying the body.