Acupuncturist Mike Stephenson explains what springtime means from the perspective of Chinese Medicine.

“Springtime is a season which heralds a real beginning to the forthcoming year. In the natural world it is a time for reproduction, for the creation of new life, a time for growth, and a time to look ahead.

In Chinese Medicine, there are five elemental processes, which are referred to as wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The principles of the Five Elements (known as the Wu Xing in Chinese) govern the flow of Qi and the balance of yin and yang within the body. An acupuncturist trained in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine uses this approach to diagnose and treat health problems, linking specific acupuncture points and life-style advice to the restoration of yin-yang and Qi. Each of these elemental processes is associated with a particular time of year.

Spring is associated with the Wood Element, and treatment of the imbalances associated with Wood become particularly significant at this time of year, assisting digestion, smoothing physical movement, and alleviating itchy skin rashes, as well as addressing fertility, headaches and eye problems. Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being.

Treatment of the Wood Element can also exert a powerful influence upon the emotions, in particular our ability to plan for the future and to make decisions. It can strengthen our fortitude, resolve and determination, and give us hope and vision for the future. This helps to remove despondency and frustration, depression and anxiety, and encourages us to look ahead with optimism and enthusiasm. We are stimulated to become more active, creative, organised and courageous.”

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