Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Winter takes us deep within. It’s dark and heavy, the ultimate yin season. Spring brings a great shift from descending to ascending energy, yin to yang.
Little green plants shoot up from the ground.
Our spirits are lifted by the increased sunlight.
We have an instinctual urge to spring clean and detox our bodies. This is natural, go with it! Animals in nature do this, too. They eat bitter spring plants like dandelion greens. Bitter green foods are therefore a great example of a seasonal, local food we can eat to cleanse our bodies and promote health this time of year. Another way to support this process is by avoiding foods and drinks that burden the liver, such as alcohol and greasy, fried foods.
Acupuncture is another wonderful way to get attuned to the energies of spring. It can help you feel lighter, support detoxification, and lift your spirits. It’s also helpful for symptoms commonly seen in the spring time, like seasonal allergies.
Acupuncture can relieve allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, congestion, irritated eyes, and cough. If you’re prone to sinus infections with your allergies, it would be a great time to get some acupuncture treatments and some Chinese herbs to keep your sinuses clear.
Along with acupuncture and herbs, sinus rinses are useful at keeping your symptoms at bay. You’ll have less pollen and allergens in your sinuses if you rinse them out daily. That means less itching and mucus. I personally like using the NeilMed bottles and salt solutions (found at any drugstore), mixed with warmed distilled water. I’ve found great relief myself for foggy head, sinus pressure, and other allergy problems with the use of the NeilMed bottle.