During the spring time, the organ of the liver can manifest imbalances more profoundly. The liver is associated with the wood element and spring time on an energy level. Imbalances of the liver include:
Challenges with the eyes including foggy vision, high pressure, tumors or other eye irregularities.
Headaches in a band pattern or at the top of the head.
High blood pressure.
Joint, tendon and ligament pain.
Increased anger or frustration.
Challenges with finding compassion.
Challenges with stretching into creativity and expansion.
Financial challenges (liver energy has a connection with abundance and expansion).
Often times, people engage in purging liver detox regimens that deplete the body's energy. Depletion occurs when the organs that prefer warming properties are cooled by the cold properties found in most herbal formulations for detoxifying the liver. Thus, people who have digestive issues that have root in spleen or stomach imbalances may find those conditions exacerbated after a cold natured liver detox regimen.
Utilizing qi gong (Chinese yoga) and a combination of herbs that support warmer organs while cooling the liver, is often a more effective approach. Also, qi gong breath work and meditation, combined with self massage, can help you to process stressful events more effectively, which can prevent the liver from developing higher levels of toxicity.
The beauty of Chinese yoga is that you can perform it anywhere without any special equipment. Thus, the detoxifying aspects of this gentle form of energy work, is accessible to all people at any time during their days. No complicated regimens to undertake. No expensive supplements to buy.
Liver Detox Meditation and Self Massage
Enjoy this simple medical qi gong meditation and self massage.
Gently place your palms over the liver under the right rib cage and massage in a counterclockwise circle for 3 minutes while you breathe deeply, exhaling slowly for a long count of 9 and inhaling slowly for a count of 9.
As you perform this meditation, imagine anger, frustration and irritability as stuck energy slowly releasing from the liver.
Imagine your palms bringing to the liver cool, calming and moist energy, like water nourishing a dry and withered tree.
Visualize your tree, becoming vibrant, strong and flexible, bending gently like a willow tree, able to flex with the demands of life without becoming rigid and stressed.
Finish the massage by shaking out hands thoroughly and placing palms on the lower abdomen about 3 inches below your belly button.
Consciously store energy in the lower abdomen and feel peaceful and ready for the next activity before you.
Kay Hutchinson is an advanced medical qi gong practitioner and acupressurist.
Join her on Sunday March 27th from 1:30 to 4 pm for a liver detox workshop.
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