Spring

Spring is the time of year to take action. After resting in Winter, the energies in Spring are ripe and charged.

During Spring, seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun shines. Renewal and regeneration describe the season. According to Chinese medicine, the Liver and Gall Bladder revitalize during this time, enhancing decision making and planning skills.

Foot Above Tears

The wood element gives us the ability to see the goal & carry out the plan to achieve it. When attempts to get there are thwarted either by internal or external blocks on the path, tears of frustration and anger can arise. With this point, the 41st on the Gall Bladder channel, those tears of frustration now become cleansing tears. We reconnect with our vision & move forward again with ease & clarity.

Gate of Hope

This acupuncture point is used when we are stuck in feelings of resignation, overwhelm and lack of motivation. Can’t get moving because it all seems like too much? Gate of Hope, the 14th point on the Liver meridian, helps with the ability to take action again.

The chart below displays the correspondences of the five seasons:

FIVE ELEMENTSWoodFireEarthMetalWater
SeasonsSpringSummerLate SummerAutumnnWinter
Zang/Yin OrgansLiverHeartSpleenLungKidney
Fu/Yang OrgansGallbladderSmall IntestineStomachLarge IntestineBladder
DirectionsEastSouthMiddleWestNorth
TastesSourBitterSweetPungentSalty
TissuesTendonsVesselsMusclesSkin/HairBones
ColorsGreenRedYellowWhiteBlue/Black
Sense OrgansEyeTongueMouthNoseEar