Longer days, warmer afternoons, an abundance of green and even a few cherry blossoms…Spring has arrived! In this season of beginnings and new growth, I have some updates to share as well as a few tips for staying healthy over the coming months.
Larson Acupuncture Now Accepting Insurance
Bria Larson, LAc, is now a network provider of acupuncture and massage services for American Specialty Health and Blue Shield of California. Additionally, I can bill other insurance plans as an out-of-network provider. Please call or email to see if your insurance benefits cover my services.
New Yelp Page!
Larson Acupuncture has recently launched its yelp page. I welcome your reviews of acupuncture and yoga services here.
Spring Time is Liver Time
According to Chinese medicine theory and practice, Spring is associated with the liver, an organ that functions as the great regulator and detoxifier of the body. The liver’s myriad functions include storing blood, regulating menstruation and smoothing the emotions, just to name a few. As we learn from Western medicine, the liver also plays an important role in processing environmental toxins. Therefore, a healthy, happy liver is crucial for maintaining a balanced body and mind.
Some of the common features of most modern Americans’ daily lives, such as stress and a diet high in alcohol and processed foods, can overtax the liver. When the liver is overrun by such conditions, individuals are more prone to illness and mood disorders.
Spring is a great time to give your liver extra care and attention. Here are some simple ways you can encourage liver health:
- Take Steps to Reduce the Stress in Your Life. Whether it’s a soothing yoga class or a vigorous workout, a few minutes of quiet contemplation or spending time with friends and family, find the activities and environments that help you unwind. Reducing stress in your life will support liver function, especially its ability to regulate mood.
- Eat Your Greens. Popeye was on to something with his endless intake of spinach. Vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli are packed with nutrients and help support function of liver. Dandelion greens are a delicious treat in the spring, and are renowned for their detoxifying properties. Check out some recipes here.
- Twist and Shout. Well, maybe you don’t need to shout, but physical activities that involve twisting the spine and lengthening the sides of the hips and torso will help relieve the feeling of tightness and congestion in those areas that is often associated with an overtaxed liver. Yoga theory and practice also maintains that twisting aids in the body’s detoxification processes and improves digestive health. For a thorough description of an easy, twist check out the Yoga Journal’s description of Bharadvajasana.