Posted by: medica...the healing arts, LLC | March 5, 2013

Spring – TCM’s Season of Wood and Evil Wind

eucalyptus tree

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season associated with wood.  I love this graphic of a eucalyptus tree in Maui.  A tree so full of color.

Spring  is filled with yang energy.   Not just any yang energy, but youthful yang energy.  Yang energy that is explosive, expansive and boundless.  (Sounds like the sexual energy described in the previous post)

This energy can also be impulsive, reckless and impatient.  Wood is the element that makes us feel that we need to express ourselves, try new things, go new places and meet new people.  Everything new.  Everything now.  It is open and full of energy and can lead us to many new things.

However, it also can become out of control.  It can become over-zealous and lead to feelings of “cabin fever”,  obsessiveness, mania, uncontrolled thinking patterns  — appearing to be ” mad as a hatter”  (where I first got the idea for March Madness).

The secondary element that TCM associates with Spring is Air.   Air in Spring is the fresh winds  that sweep over the land.  They whisk away the old and bring in the new.  Too much wind can be harmful.  In TCM the evil wind is when we are not balanced and healthy.  Then wind can be damaging to us.  If we are not healthy or balanced, then wind and wood can create  too much change, too quickly and remove us from a place of balance. Then we are more likely to become sick.  There are some beliefs in TCM that we create wind evil all the time for ourselves.  We do this by using central heat and air conditioning throughout the year.  By using them,  we do not let our bodies feel and adapt to the changing winds.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several ways to help yourself through Spring – the season of Wood and Evil wind:

  • Clean food intake.  Avoid sugar, snacks, processed foods and deep-fried food

  • Supplements.  Make sure you are getting your daily intake of minerals and vitamins

  • Keep your body heat at an even temperature.  Do not shock the body by extreme cold or heat; wear warmer clothing or layers — rather than turning the heat up higher.

  • Lower the temperature of your central heat at night when you sleep.  Let cool air settle around you, while you remain warm with covers and sleepwear.

  • Practice good breathing techniques.   Tai Chi; Qi Gong; Pranayama can all improve wind if practice 20 minutes each day.  These practices allow you to re-establish your energy levels, enrich your blood, soothe your nervous system; calm your internal organs and strengthen the parasympathetic mode.

  • Practice Yoga; Tai Chi; Qi Gong each day

Lee Holden’s Qi Gong sessions  (intro):

Jennifer Kostel’s  restorative yoga with expertvillage series:

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