Spring Wood Element

Spring is here!

In the Chinese Five Elements the Liver / Gallbladder rules the wood element and the season is spring. The cycle of spring rules the wood element because of the tree’s ability to shoot its seedlings through the earth in springtime. The climate is wind like the breath of fresh air we need at this time. The colour is green and green foods nourish and cleanse the liver.


SEASON: Spring
ORGANS: Liver, gallbladder
GLAND: Pineal
FLUID: Tears, Bile
SENSE: Sight
EMOTION: Assertiveness into anger
SOUND: Shouting


Wood Spring Theme: Expansion 

Meridian/Organ systems: Liver, gallbladder

Yang organ is the gallbladder.

Yin organ is the liver.


Gallbladder meridian imbalances:

temple migraines, ear weakness,

neck tension, asthma, pain in shoulder,

hip, knee, fourth toe


Liver meridian imbalances:

psychological, big toe, gout, corns,

shinbone pain, inner knee pain


People in this spring/wood rhythm may have imbalances in the liver and gallbladder.

The liver gets stimulated by sour taste that is why lemon, lime or citrus in water helps to detoxify. Bitter sour herbs stimulate the liver, gallbladder, glands and digestion.  

Sour action tightens, stimulates, decongests and is astringent. 

The gland in this rhythm is the pineal gland which responds to liver detoxification.


Emotion: Assertiveness turns into anger, irritability, impatience, annoyance, resentment, bitterness, frustration, rage, fury. 

The positive emotion in this cycle is assertiveness. This helps to forge our way, grow and survive. When we become assertive about our intentions for too long the frustration can lead to infuriating anger. The sound that alleviates anger is shouting. 

Spring/ Wood Element: Stay calm and assertive instead of becoming angry, and stand up for yourself, without the rage. Be kind and do not judge yourself and others harshly. Allow growth and expansion.


“Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Buddha


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