Wood season: How spring and wind affect your body

In traditional Eastern medicine, there are five seasons, which are spring, summer, late summer, autumn, and winter. Each season corresponds to one of the Five Elements and accordingly affects the human bodily conditions. In traditional Eastern medicine, there are also five climatic factors that significantly affect the human body. These five climatic factors are the wind, heat, dampness, dryness, and cold, which are a manifestation of each of the Five Elements.

The season of spring and the windy weather are governed by the Wood Element. In this post, I will explain how the wind and spring affect the human body. Please note that the below content is for informational purposes only and in no way is intended to be a substitute for medical advice.

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How spring affects the human body

Spring is the first of the five seasons. It is the time when nature starts to bustle with new burgeoning life. The temperature slowly arises and the soft sunlight of the winter is replaced by the bright golden rays of light. In nature, the Wood Element manifests in spring. When the spring arrives, nature is filled with the energy of the Wood Element.

In response to the increase of Wood energy in nature, the human body also increases the consumption of Wood energy in the body, and as a result, the Wood Element in the human body tends to become debilitated in spring. People with an unhealthy Wood Element could experience depression, languor, fatigue, a loss of appetite, etc in spring.

The liver and the gall bladder are the organs of the Wood Element, and we need to pay attention to the health of the liver and the gallbladder in springtime. Sour foods are associated with the Wood Element. The intake of sour foods helps fortify the liver and the gall bladder and stimulates the Wood Element in the body, according to traditional Eastern medicine.

Anger is the emotion of the Wood Element. Excessive and prolonged anger is harmful to the liver and offsets the balance of the Wood Element in the body. Therefore, we also need to pay particular attention to the emotion of anger in springtime according to Eastern medicine.

It is important to adopt a relaxed and easy-going attitude. It is important to develop the ability to accept what is unpleasant and disagreeable in life, instead of insisting on life unfurling in a certain way.

How wind affects the human body

The windy weather is associated with the Wood Element  The wind that blows from one direction to another embodies the Wood Element’s quality of change by removing, reorganizing, or rearranging whatever it touches. Wind constantly moves and changes direction, abruptly arising and descending.

The nature of wind corresponds to certain characteristics of the Wood Element, such as an outward movement and the effect of dispersing. In traditional Eastern medicine, wind is one of the five natural factors that could undermine our health, and indeed, wind could be pathogenic.

Especially, prolonged exposure to wind could provoke internal disorders and diseases, according to traditional Eastern medicine. Wind could invade the body, causing such symptoms as dizziness, soreness, rheumatism, strokes and allergy rashes. Just like the wind that moves at a rapid pace, some of these symptoms could quickly spread to other areas of the body.

When wind attacks the liver, it disturbs the flow of Qi energy in the liver, organ of the Wood Element, according to traditional Eastern medicine. When accompanied by other climatic factors, such as cold and dampness, wind further offsets the internal balance of the human body. It could even affect our emotions, creating a sudden outburst of anger, erratic changes of mood, or melancholy, according to traditional Eastern medicine.

Especially in springtime when Wood energy is prevalent in nature, we are more susceptible to the effects of wind. On a windy day, it is recommended to cover our heads, shoulders and especially our necks by wearing a hat and scarf.

In traditional Eastern medicine, it is also recommended to refrain from prolonged exposure to a draft or gust. Even the wind from a fan could affect us, and therefore, it is recommended in traditional Eastern medicine that we do not doze off in front of a fan.

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