In traditional Chinese culture, each season is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. For every one of these elements, there are specific characteristics which contribute to the change in climate, weather and more which affect our health.
In this entry, we'll be exploring the Wood element and its purpose for the Chinese Zodiac and your health goals.
Which season is associated with Wood?
Spring is typically associated with this particular element.
The Wood element is associated with growth, renewal, and vitality, making it a particularly appropriate element for the Spring season. During this period, plants and trees begin to sprout new growth and the natural world comes to life after the dormancy of winter. Similarities between this cycle and our health start to appear, so it's important to change with the seasons to ensure your wellbeing is continually in peak condition.
What meridians are associated with this Element?
In Chinese folklore, the Wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder organs, as well as with the meridians and channels associated with these organs. Therefore, Chinese medicine practices that focus on supporting and balancing the liver and gallbladder may be particularly beneficial for promoting the health and wellbeing of the wood element.
What can I do to benefit from the Wood element this Spring?
Some Chinese medicine practices that may be helpful for the Wood element include:
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture is believed to help balance the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body, and can be used to support the liver and gallbladder meridians.
Diet and nutrition: In Chinese medicine, a healthy diet is considered to be an important component of overall health and wellbeing. To support the wood element, it is recommended to eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Avoiding processed foods, alcohol, and excess sugar is also recommended.
Movement and exercise: Practices such as tai chi and qi gong can be helpful for promoting the flow of Qi throughout the body, and may be particularly beneficial for supporting the liver and gallbladder meridians. Regular exercise, such as brisk walking or yoga, can also be helpful for promoting overall health and vitality.
- Herbal supplements: There are many traditional Chinese herbs that are believed to support the health of the liver and gallbladder. These herbs may be taken in supplement form.
Where can I find Wood element herbal supplements?
To make it even easier to find the right supplement for the season, we've divided our herbal supplement collection into each element to help you find the right formula for your health goals.