Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of spring just months away, there’s no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the snow-capped landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects than TCM may prove useful in treating.

Here are some tips to keep your Qi moving:
• Limit (or eliminate) your intake of
processed foods.
• Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
• Start your mornings off with a light
stretching exercise like yoga or tai qi.
• The warm weather offers the perfect
opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.
• Consume sour food and drinks.
According to TCM, sour flavors stimulate
the liver’s Qi.
• Seek acupuncture treatments.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points spread across 20 meridians, but none hold as much weight for the spring season as the Liver 3 (LV3). Located between the first and second toes, the LV3 (also known as the ‘springtime acupressure point’) is an acupuncture point that’s particularly beneficial
for this time of year. It lives up to its namesake by channeling energy between the liver;
therefore, conventional wisdom should tell you to focus on it during this spring. If you plan on
scheduling an acupuncture session, ask the physician if he or she can target the LV3.
Give me a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health.



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