As winter’s frost melts away, nature awakens with a burst of vibrant energy, signaling the arrival of spring. In many cultures, this season is celebrated as a time of renewal, growth, and transformation. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a unique perspective on the energetic shifts that accompany spring, providing insights into how we can harmonize our bodies and minds with the changing seasons.

In TCM, each season is associated with specific elemental qualities and organs, and spring is linked to the Wood element and the Liver and Gallbladder organs. The Liver is considered the primary organ of spring, responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (life force energy) throughout the body. When the Liver is in balance, we experience a sense of vitality, creativity, and emotional stability. However, imbalances in the Liver can lead to symptoms such as irritability, frustration, and stagnant energy.

According to TCM theory, spring is a time of upward and outward movement, mirroring the sprouting of new growth in nature. Just as plants push through the soil to reach towards the sun, our bodies and minds naturally seek expansion and expression during this season. It’s a time to release the stagnation of winter and embrace the potential for growth and renewal.To support the energetic shifts of spring, TCM offers various practices and lifestyle recommendations:

Eat green: In TCM, the color green is associated with the Wood element and the Liver. Incorporating fresh, seasonal greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli into your diet can help nourish the Liver and support its detoxification functions.

Move your body: Engage in gentle exercise such as yoga, tai chi, or qigong to promote the smooth flow of Qi and release any pent-up tension or stagnation in the body. Outdoor activities that connect you with nature are especially beneficial during spring.

Embrace flexibility: Just as tree branches sway in the wind, flexibility is key to thriving during the dynamic energy of spring. Cultivate a mindset of adaptability and openness to change, allowing yourself to go with the flow and seize new opportunities as they arise.

Nurture your creativity: Spring is a fertile time for new ideas and creative endeavors. Set aside time for activities that inspire and energize you, whether it’s painting, writing, gardening, or exploring new hobbies.

Balance your emotions: The Liver is closely linked to the emotions of anger and frustration. Practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or journaling to cultivate emotional resilience and maintain inner harmony.

By aligning ourselves with the energetic rhythms of spring according to TCM principles, we can tap into the season’s inherent vitality and harness its transformative power. As we shed the heaviness of winter and embrace the freshness of spring, we pave the way for growth, renewal, and flourishing in all aspects of our lives. So let’s welcome this season of renewal with open arms and a spirit of optimism, ready to bloom and thrive in harmony with the natural world.




Dr. Ericka Olson

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