Acupuncture and You: Spring has Sprung! Dealing with All that Spring has to Offer. By Heather Shoup, L.Ac.

Heather ShoupWe have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. After the long and cold winter we have dealt with this year, the sunny days of spring are welcome.

As spring arrives, the grasses grow, the trees blossom and the flowers bloom. Spring is a time of regrowth and rebirth. Our body’s go through a new phase as well.  During winter our bodies go into a sort of hibernation mode. We slow down slightly to conserve energy.  As spring approaches, our body goes through a period of rebirth, so to speak, as our energies shift and our bodies prepare to be more active.  For many of us we may notice that we become slightly irritable, or easily agitated for the first few weeks of spring. This is common as spring rules the Liver Channel in Chinese medicine..  As the Liver Channel becomes more active the energy surges causing irritability and agitation.  Getting an acupuncture treatment during this time can bring the body back to balance leaving us feeling more grounded and more like ourselves.

With all the blooming and regrowth, comes Spring allergies. Spring can be exceptionally bad for allergies. A lot of people suffer from spring allergies as our bodies deal with the histamine response that we are not prepared for.  Acupuncture treatment during this time can ease spring allergies making it a much more bearable season.

If we get through the allergy season, most of us want to get out and be active. We want to enjoy the sun and the warmth whether it is taking a walk, working in the garden, or getting the yard ready for better weather. Since we are often coming from an inactive state this activity can often cause musculoskeletal problems.  Acupuncture at the beginning of the season can help prevent unwanted injuries.  It can also treat the injuries after they happen.

Any pre existing or chronic issue such as digestive issues, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, and various pain conditions can flare up during this time of year. As climate changes, environment changes, and activities change, it is prime time for chronic conditions to flare up. Getting acupuncture treatments at the beginning of the season can ease or halt a flare up from occurring.

Spring though a favorite season for many, can come with some challenges. If we treat them early enough we can have a fun and safe spring season.