Spring Wellness: Nourishing Your Health

Spring Wellness: Nourishing Your Health

Dennis “Kaz” Kasunic, M.Ac. O.M., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer holistic approaches to support wellness during the springtime by aligning with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In TCM, spring is associated with the Wood element and the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. It’s a time of renewal, growth, and detoxification. Acupuncture sessions during this season can focus on rebalancing the Liver Qi (energy) to promote smooth flow throughout the body, addressing issues like seasonal allergies, irritability, and stiffness. Chinese herbal remedies tailored to springtime can aid in detoxification, invigorate the body, and support the immune system. Additionally, dietary recommendations in TCM emphasize fresh, green foods to harmonize with the energy of the season, further supporting overall wellness.

Diet for Spring Vitality

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, our bodies naturally crave lighter, fresher foods. Here are some dietary tips for spring:

  • Seasonal Produce: Embrace the abundance of spring fruits and vegetables. Include dark leafy greens, asparagus, onions and radishes in your meals. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Reduce Heavy Foods: Cut back on heavy, warming foods like stews and casseroles. opt for salads, smoothies, and grilled dishes instead.
  • Stay Hydrated: Hydration is essential year-round, but especially during spring. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas to support your overall well-being.

Exercise and Movement

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and move your body. Here’s how to incorporate exercise into your routine:

  • Morning Walks: Take advantage of the crisp morning air by going for brisk walks. It’s a great way to wake up your body and boost your mood.
  • Gardening: Gardening is not only therapeutic but also a fantastic workout. Digging, planting, and weeding engage various muscle groups.
  • Yoga and Tai Chi: These gentle practices promote flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Find a local class or follow online videos.

Quality Sleep

Good sleep is crucial for overall health. Create a bedtime routine that supports restful sleep:

  • Consistent Schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Limit Screen Time: Avoid screens (phones, tablets, computers) at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light interferes with melatonin production.
  • Comfortable Environment: Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep—dark, quiet, and cool.

Boosting Immunity with Herbs and Acupuncture

  • Herbal Support: Discuss with your acupuncturist which herbs can enhance your immune system during spring. Some common choices include astragalus, echinacea, and elderberry.
  • Acupuncture Points: Your acupuncturist can target specific points to balance your energy and strengthen your body’s defenses.

Remember, spring is a time of renewal and growth. Listen to your body, nourish it with wholesome practices, and enjoy the blossoming season! We are dedicated, licensed healthcare professionals focused on Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Our approach is to treat your whole body addressing underlying causes of disease before they have a chance to manifest. For support on your next step to a better you call for an appointment today at 503-272-6646.

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