Moving Liver Qi, Robin Hansen L.Ac.
The mesquite trees are putting out their bright green leaves. Flowers, prickly pear pads, and all kinds of green things are emerging! Spring is such a beautiful season and it is associated with the Wood Element and the Liver/Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine.
The Liver is in charge of the smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. Stress is the main emotion that taxes the Liver and causes our qi to stagnate. Thus, the key to moving through springtime (and quarantine) with ease and grace is to keep your Liver qi moving.
My favorite way to keep your Liver qi moving is to go on a nice relaxing walk and take in your surroundings. Notice how this beautiful wood energy is showing up around you. Observe how the trees, bushes, and flowers move gracefully with the wind; too rigid and they would snap, too flexible and they would hang without purpose or motivation. Nature is always reminding us of what a healthy Wood Element looks like.
My advice to everyone is to walk every day, even just for a few minutes, and take inspiration from the world around you. You are the embodiment of the trees swaying in the breeze--patient, flexible, durable, independent, and forgiving!
We care about you! Be healthy and stay safe.
Robin is a Nationally Certified and Arizona Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She completed her Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC in May 2015. She spent the past two years working at Asheville Community Acupuncture, where she performed over 2,300 treatments. Robin is thrilled to practice a calling that promotes wellness in all aspects of life and she is eager to serve the Tucson community.