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Spring is a Time of Change – Are You Ready?

by Gretchen Belenchia

Spring is a Time of Change – Are You Ready?, Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, ColoradoAh, springtime in Colorado. There’s plenty of wind, and yesterday’s sunny and warm disposition can shift quickly to today’s sputtering snow.

There are many changes in our environment as the seasons shift, and nature is a wonderful teacher in that she provides lessons that remind us to be ever flexible and ready for change. If we are too rigid or not able to adapt quickly enough, our physical, emotional, and mental health can suffer.

In Chinese Medicine, spring corresponds to the Wood element. The Wood element has an energy that calls for change, growth, new life, and transformation. All of these words have movement to them.

Cloud Gate offers Acupuncture in Broomfield, ColoradoTo see this in your own life, all you need to do is look outside. Animals are more active, bare tree limbs have tiny buds on them, the weather shifts from day-to-day, and a brown landscape is transformed to one of vibrant green.

Spring provides a much-needed breath of warm air as we emerge from the stillness and cold of winter, but spring and the Wood element can bring with it a new set of health concerns.

The low back pain, sciatica and deep bone aches that we may have experienced during winter may give way to liver and gallbladder issues, tendon pain, dizziness, irritability, anger, migraines, and allergies.

These are some of the main health concerns that you or your friends may experience during this season because these issues are all related in some way to the Wood element in Chinese Medicine.

Because we are a part of nature, not apart from it, we are subject to the shifting energy of nature – and the energy of nature is shifting right now to that of the Wood element.

Chinese medicine looks to nature as a teacher and learns to predict and thus prevent some of the common health concerns that may emerge during this season. Because of its view of nature, Chinese medicine is so needed and relevant in today’s society. There is much wisdom from this ancient medicine that is applicable in our lives today.

Using the lessons of nature as a framework for health, Chinese medicine provides new (to us) thinking and treatments for modern diseases that often stem from us not knowing how to live with the seasons anymore.

How can you prevent these seasonal health issues?

Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, ColoradoOne great way to is to go to see your acupuncturist.

Many people who feel great keep seasonal acupuncture appointments. They use these appointments as seasonal wellness tune-ups because they know that the shift in the seasons will be much easier on their bodies if they do.

If you are new to Chinese medicine and acupuncture, there are many resources out there for you. Start exploring the wealth of common sense information this wonderful medicine can provide!

At Cloud Gate, we offer complementary consultations. If you are curious about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, seasonal energy changes and how they may be affecting you, you can come in and talk with us about it.

Another way to prevent seasonal health issues is to keep a healthy and happy Liver and Gallbladder. Spring is a great time to do a liver cleanse. There are many out there, so it’s always good to get the recommendation of a nutritionist or dietician before beginning a cleanse.

Spring is a Time of Change – Are You Ready?, Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, ColoradoTo cope mentally and emotionally with the changes that spring and life in general may bring, it’s always a really good idea to incorporate different exercises and techniques that will cultivate balance and groundedness in your life.

Yoga, mindfulness meditation, qi gong, and breathing exercises are just a few of the ways that can help you stay rooted and grounded through the shifts that happen in all of our lives.

Spring officially begins this Thursday, March 20.

Change, new growth, and transformation are already occurring in nature – how are you managing the changes? Are you ready? If not, give us a call. We are a resource for you and are here to help.

Cheers to a happy and healthy spring! Be well out there.

Cloud Gate offers Acupuncture in Broomfield, Colorado