Spring In Your Step


Spring – A brief perspective from Chinese thought

Spring is well and truly on its way; daffodils, blossoms, warmer weather and increased daylight hours!

These are all natural signs of the major energetic shift from winter to summer – yin to yang. Spring or yang energy is expansive, upward, outwards, warm, new and fresh– similar to most natural processes that occur this time of year (in comparison to the yin energies of winter months – downwards, conversation, internal, cold etc).

Chinese thought sees no difference between the human and the environment we live in, as most species naturally adapt their behaviour to the seasons, it is important, we too attune to this energetic shift.

This prevents disharmony and disease and allows us to make the most of this abundance of yang natured energy that we can draw forth from the environment into our lives.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Yin & Yang Beach Art
Image by Aleem Ahmad

Ideas on how to implement this

Heavy foods consumed over the winter periods should be reduced:

  • potatoes
  • diary
  • heavy nuts
  • chocolate and sweets
  • fried, stewed or casserole food preparation
  • red meats
  • caffeine

Their thermal and heavy nature does not resonate with the yang energy of spring, which supports clean and light foods, encouraging the body’s detoxification from winter residues.

This allows the energy to move freely as activity levels increase. Salads, light meats, seeds and dried fruit, light soups, abundance of vegetables especially green in colour (raw, if you have a hardy digestive system, or lightly stemmed), and fruit are ideal to support the body’s detoxification and renewal processes.

It is also ideal to begin to move the body, gentle exercise – walking, jogging, cycling in the elements connects the body to the external environment but also assists in removal of winter residues logged deep in the tissues of the body as the blood flow and breathing depth is increased from exercise.

And stretch, especially in the morning. Have a good stretch, really expand yourself!

Drink plenty of room temperature water, fruit and herbal teas, reducing caffeine and alcohol intake.

It is also a great time to connect with your creative side whatever that may be, bring into ‘fruitation’ ideas and plans brewing and stewing over winter period.

Disharmonies that are common at this time of year include; allergies e.g. hay fever, certain types of depression, anxiety and mood swings, anger and frustration, lethargy, immune problems e.g. aggravation of types of rheumatoid arthritis.

All of which are effectively treated through Chinese medicine and Acupuncture.

Give us a call on 0191 398 0000 and ask to speak to one of our qualified Chinese Medicine practitioners for further advice or details of treatment.