Spring is a time of re-birth and growth

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Sean Rachlin

By Sean Rachlin MS, L.Ac.


It is governed by Wood energy according to the five-element philosophy in Chinese medicine. Its natural expression is an upward and outward movement with a rootedness to the earth. This is clearly seen in the blossoming of a new plant as it pushes through the ground and opens up. It also can show up in a desire to spring clean, in getting rid of the old and making room for the new. When harnessed, the Wood energy of spring can translate into dynamic change and the ability to push through difficult obstacles in your life. However, when it is not harnessed, Wood energy can become stagnant and cause frustration and stress. Getting treated with acupuncture at this time of year is a great way to help your body adjust to the changes that happen with the seasons.