Symbols of Spring & Relation to TCM

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The trees are beginning to bud as the branches sway in the windy and often rainy days of Spring. Some of the symbols of Easter such as bunnies and eggs are to denote a time of reproduction and growth. It is believed that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. The hare symbolizes fertility and rebirth.

In Chinese culture, a baby’s first month birthday calls for a celebration. Proud parents introduce their latest addition to friends and relatives by holding a red egg and ginger party. The parents hand out red-dyed eggs, symbolizing happiness and the renewal of life.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine eggs are considered a strong fertility boosting food. The Doctrine of Signatures, an herbal philosophy from ancient times involves using foods that look like certain parts of the body to treat certain diseases. Chinese nutrition recommends women eat eggs to boost their egg production and quality.

In TCM Spring is signified as a time of the Wood element related to the liver & gallbladder organs. Wood is strongest in Spring with it reaching upward and outward through trees and plants. The blowing of wind in Spring could over-strengthen the liver, which in turn could affect the spleen. The symptoms associated with this imbalance is upset digestion, acid reflux and diarrhea. It is best to detoxify the liver in Spring with green vegetables and fruits. Green is also the color associated with the liver and gallbladder.

Here is a simple juice recipe:
Vegetable Juice: 24 oz. juice made from cabbage, cucumber, carrot/greens, celery, turnip, asparagus, beet/greens, parsley, apple, aloe vera. Split up into 3 portions and drink throughout the day.

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Sharon McDermott

Sharon McDermott, L.Ac., owner of Healthy Healing, specializes in infertility, stress and pain relief. Ms. McDermott creates individualized acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to address your needs. Healthy Healing is conveniently located in Westbury, Long Island in the heart of Nassau County.

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