The Liver and the Gallbladder are the organs of spring. These wood-natured organs are vital for many functions, including metabolism and detox. Stress, an unhealthful diet, and a sedentary, or excessive lifestyle all contribute to stagnation of Liver Qi and other imbalances that challenge our health and impede our quality of life. Read on to see what the heck I am talking about!
Chinese medicine theory looks at the human body as a microcosm of nature. All of our organs are ascribed to one of the five qualities of nature: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Each element has two organs paired with it, a Yin organ and a Yang organ. The Liver (Yin) and the Gallbladder (Yang) are represented by the wood element, which has the characteristics of growth, vitality, support and planning. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, blood, and emotions, through the body. The Qi of the wood element, and that of the Liver and the Gallbladder, flourishes in the spring. During the spring, it is important to work with the nature of the Liver and the Gallbladder and to eat and live to support these organs.