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Transitioning From Winter to Spring with TCM

As the subtle signs of spring become more and more prevalent it is important to make sure that you are giving your body the support that it needs

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Most people look forward to spring. It means new life, longer hours of daylight and warmer weather. Although spring is full of joy and hope, as with any seasonal change, there are organ systems that need specific attention. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine excels in helping make a smooth transition.


In TCM, the season of winter is associated with the element of water and it corresponds to the kidneys. The kidneys house our life force in TCM and therefore, they must be constantly fed and replenished. Winter is the perfect time to do this. It is done by sleeping more, eating hearty, warming seasonal foods and avoiding excessive sweating or exercising.

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The season of spring is associated with the element of wood and it corresponds to the liver. Often the winter months leave some stagnant feelings, which can manifest in different areas like relationships, work or even our bodies. If there is frustration, physical pain or sadness, it may be a sign that energy is not flowing properly or optimally.

How Can I Prepare Myself for Spring?

One way to make the transition from winter to spring easier is by engaging in some spring cleaning. Getting rid of some of the clutter that has built up during the winter months may help with the underlying frustration or sadness. Tossing out old clothing, magazines or just going through that one junk drawer we all have, will create an empty space that will then allow for growth throughout the spring season.

Eating according to the seasons is very important in TCM. As the weather gets warmer, most people gravitate towards healthier food options in an effort to lose some of the winter weight. But according to TCM, eating lighter, more natural foods actually gives the liver a chance to repair itself and that alone can help us feel more energetic and improve our clarity of thought. The immune system also functions better when excess sugar and dairy are removed.

woman with acupuncture needles in her back

Acupuncture is one of the tools in the TCM toolbox that can also help make the transition from winter to spring easier. Acupuncture can balance the body as it reacts to the changes in the weather and activity levels. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to boost immunity. Spring can also cause flare ups associated with seasonal allergies and acupuncture treatments can help with the inflammation, and sinus congestion.

The transition from winter to spring is always a nice change in weather, but it is important that you support your body and mind through the transition as well.

Yours in health & wellness,

If you or someone you know could benefit from assitance with spring allergies or emotions, book our New Patient Special and see if acupuncture could be the right fit for you

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