Greetings Dear Readers,
Liver Qi Stagnation is a very common condition. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of qi (energy) in the body. One famous quote in TCM “Where there is movement, there if life, where there is no movement, there is no life”. Acupuncture is an excellent way to move qi that has become stagnant. Between treatments there are many additional ways to help your Liver system with this process.
Lifestyle: Liver energy is the energy of Wood. It is likened to young plants in spring pushing their way through the earth and bursting with new life on the surface. This pushing upwards energy is similar to a healthy assertiveness on the mental level. When Wood energy is low there is timidity and lack of action and decisions to make things happen. When Wood energy is stuck or too strong there is aggression, anger or irritability.
Diet: The colour green is associated with the Liver and the Wood element. Eating green foods such as lettuce, kale, green tea, dandelion leaves, broccoli, sprouts, artichoke hearts, asparagus, olives, etc. is especially helpful to do each day. Sour foods such as all citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit), vinegar, cranberries, also assist the Liver system.
Exercise: A stretch for the Liver channel is wide-angled forward bend. Triangle pose and Fish pose also open and release energy in the Liver channel. Walking is associated with the Liver system and walking in a lush green forest is even better.
Helpful thoughts: The mind has a powerful influence over the body. The mental/spirit side of Liver energy is called the “Hun” which is related to our ability to create visions, have dreams and perform visually creative activities such as art. Here are some thoughts or affirmations that relate to balancing Liver energy:
“I can see my dreams coming true.”
“I am free to make my own healthy choices.”
“I allow myself to express my creative spirit.”
Acupuncture is also an excellent way to move Liver Qi and results are felt quite quickly in most people.
How’s your Liver Qi doing? Love to hear your comments and questions.
Yours in health,