Spring is the season of Wood.
In Chinese Medicine, Wood is the element associated with spring. Wood represents creativity, new growth, the birthing of ideas and self. The image of Wood is that of a new sprout pushing up through the ground. When it bursts forth it reaches upwards in an orderly fashion, spreading its leaves or branches, reaching out to the world, easily assuming its proper place. If the sprout is blocked by a stone it will search until it finds its way around, at last finding its way out. We have all seen plants growing from under rocks and flowers coming up between sidewalk cracks. Spring’s energy is of renewal, of freshness, a creative energy that cannot be thwarted.
When our bodies are healthy, they adjust to the changes of seasons. Sometimes we need help. The emotion of Wood is assertion or anger. Our lives are so busy that we often feel stressed out, and healthy assertion of Wood turns to frustration, then anger. Acupuncture can help us make this transition. It can help our Wood energy flow freely and smoothly. Herbal remedies can help with this as well. The name of one commonly used formula translates to “Rambling Powder” or Free and Easy Wanderer”. This poetically describes the energy of spring.
At Mystic River Acupuncture we can help you with all kinds of spring ailments, from seasonal allergies to headaches to the aches and pains that come with resuming outdoor activities. Give us a call. And remember, we have additional evening hours on Mondays during March and April.