Chinese Medicine in Season

Spring is an ideal time for a Liver Cleanse

by Dr. Ursula Nickel, DOM

Spring is a time of birth and new beginnings. Seeds and bulbs explode into new forms as the sun warms the earth with each passing day. Animals begin new lives as they emerge from the womb of sleep. 

The Wood Element corresponds to spring, and it expresses itself through the gusty winds that carry seedlings and pollen from place to place, especially in New Mexico.  The Liver is the naturally active organ in the Wood Element, so springtime is an ideal time for a Liver cleanse. It is an opportunity to get rid of inside toxicities and to regenerate ourselves.

When the Liver is imbalanced, we might experience outbursts of anger or general irritability; it can also cause headaches, eye problems, High Blood Pressure, any kind of menstrual problems or masses like fibroids or tumors.

How can you support your Liver?

  1. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, fats and sugars.
  2. Eat organic food.
  3. Include green vegetables and sour foods in your diet: e.g.: asparagus, kale, spinach, celery, lemon or lime.
  4. Undertake a modified fast by only eating clear soups or only vegetables for 3-6 days.
  5. Do a Liver cleanse:
    Mix two tablespoons of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon and drink it first thing in the morning for 3-6 days.

A healthy Liver creates people who are sure of themselves and can speak up for their needs, but who also know when to relax and to surrender into the natural flow of things. It allows people to grow as individuals, so that they bring more complete selves to all of their relationships.


Ursula Nickel, DOM
Doctor of Oriental Medicine