Spring is upon us here in the southern hemisphere in New Zealand. It looks as if we could have a real spring ahead of us as we just experienced a real winter with frosts. With Spring comes problems associated with the Liver and if the Liver is vulnerable the immune system can suffer. This is why many people are prone to hay fever and sinus problems in the spring time as the liver has to work over time dealing with the extra pollens entering their system.
How can you help the Liver in Spring?
In Chinese medicine theory there are a number of disharmonies that can offset the liver. The liver could be deficient in blood and herbs like red dates can be added to the diet. In other cases, the liver energy flow may be inhibited and the chinese herb mei gui hua (Chinese rose bud ) made as a tea could be recommended. There is also a condition known as Liver Yang Rising in Chinese medicine which can have symptoms of headache and dizziness. Paua can help this and can be cooked as a soup or stew.
Is there anything special that needs to be done during spring?
Spring weather tends to be quite changeable and this needs to be paid attention to. If there is a prolonged spell of warm and mild weather and then if there is sudden short cold snap, the body will be vulnerable to catching a cold or flu. Be sure to take appropriate clothing on any outing.
Enjoy the Spring and avoid exposure to any sudden cold wind.