Yin becomes Yang; Water becomes Wood
By Heather Bergstrom, LAc


In Chinese Medicine, we observe the world around us and realize that we are part of nature too; with rhythms and transitions as natural as the seasons.

We have been in a state of quiet yin over the winter. That means more darkness, time for reflection, and resting in front of the fire with the dog. Winter is also the season of the Water element. The Water element is about depth, flow, power, and wisdom. The Tao Te Ching says, “Under heaven, nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better. It has no equal.” Winter is ideal for self-reflection and setting intentions.

Spring is when we see the transition from Yin to Yang and from Water to Wood. This is a pivot point; a slow emergence into activity; much like the tulips and daffodils awake from their winter nap to sprout up through the damp soil or the buds full of suspense on the trees and shrubs. Spring oversees the transformation of yin into yang, so there is still some quiet, but also activity. We are gathering speed. The Wood element is the element of Spring. It is associated with energy, self-expression, upward movement, and growth.

After the self-reflection of Winter and Water, Spring is the time to express ideas, organize, and plan. When we are living in tune with these rhythms, we can achieve balance with a sense of ease and flow. When we are not in tune, we may have difficulty making decisions, stifle creativity, and become frustrated.

As nature around us pushes up and out, so must we. This is a time ripe for creativity and creating your own art. Plan out your garden and start your seeds. Get out in nature for a hike or walk, and be sure to take your dog.

As an acupuncturist, I love being able to observe these natural rhythms and remind my patients of their own natural rhythms. Your body is part of nature and will tell you what you need to know. Sometimes it just takes a few needles and some coaching to fine tune your listening skills. The body always talks, but sometimes isn’t heard. In the coming weeks, your body will be telling you it wants more outdoor activity and lighter foods with lots of greens. And if you don’t already have a dog, your heart is telling you that you need that, too. Can you hear it?

We are accepting new patients at Vitality Acupuncture and would love to have you come in for a seasonal “tune-up”.  You can call our office at 208-629-4920 or find us online at vitalityacupunctureclinic.com.

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