In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit more contemplative and introspective during the winter months.
Once spring hits, I'm ready to recharge and get things done. The pattern of the liver system is strong and assertive, the type of energy you need to create plans and then propel them into motion. However, if this system is a little out of balance, you might notice you are more irritable or on edge than usual. Here are a few signs that your liver system is in need of an acupuncture tune-up:
1. You've noticed an increase in headaches lately, and these headaches seem to feel worse when you aren't active. Generally these headaches tend to manifest at the vertex of your head.
2. You might begin to feel constipated or bloated. Your bowel movements might become irregular, alternating between constipation and loose stools. Hard, difficult stools that appear pebbly are also a sign of liver system imbalance.
3. Your friends or coworkers are scared of you, because you are cranky, cranky, cranky. When liver system is out of balance you might feel agitated, irritated and generally out of sorts. Sometimes irritation can expand into outright anger more easily than it would normally.
4. Ladies, you may notice your PMS symptoms have been worse lately; bloating, breast tenderness and sensitivity to name a few. If your periods are more painful or clotted, this may also be due to a stagnation of liver qi (in Chinese Medicine diagnosis).
5. Your eyes are red, itchy or irritated.
6. Your shoulders, neck or jaw are uncomfortably tight. You might grind or clench your teeth, your shoulders will levitate up around your ears, and you might experience symptoms of TMJ.
7. Your allergies are in full force, complete with itchy, red, watery eyes.
If you are suffering from any of these issues, your body is crying out for a visit to your acupuncturist!