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April 20, 2017

Spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit. The world is alive with buds and blooms, and sweet fragrances fill the air. Just as the outside world is being reborn, so are our bodies.  Spring is the ideal time for cleaning and clearing, not just our homes and yards, but our bodies as well. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) Five Element Theory, spring represents the wood element (the five elements of TCM are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). The principles of the Five Elements describe the flow of energy or “Qi” within the body. They state that all change within the body and the world at large occurs in five distinct stages with spring being the time for wood energy, and regulation of the liver and gallbladder.

Springtime energies stimulate the liver and gallbladder to cleanse the blood and internal organs of impurities. These impurities may be due to processed, fatty or undigested foods, enzyme deficiency, or environmental toxins such as...

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