Wood element and your health – liver and gallbladder.
I have not written for a while. This seems to be “Pick Janet-Lynn” year and I have been inundated with job offers, games to design and chances to lecture on almost anything I could possibly imagine, not to mention all the training that people want from me on anything from education to numerology and healing. All I can think of is that people are becoming aware of how silly and outdated some of their ideas and belief systems have become and are looking for something a little more authentic and sustainable. I suppose one eventually realizes that working harder at things that do not work is not the answer.
Anyhow, I have a few healing and herbal sessions to write about and will see how far I get. Remember I am not a doctor and all I learn is through my wonderful “teacher” to who all credit must go for everything I am learning.
The liver and gallbladder are wood elements, representing spring and the ability to breathe new life, be creative and capable of change and transformation. People with a strong liver and gall bladder are able to make complex decisions in life and are excellent at strategic planning. They can take an idea and make something of it. So true then the idiom of yellow-livered being cowardice. A strong liver would give flexibility, literally as it nourishes the tendons and figuratively as well; the liver nourishes the brain and nervous system too. With jaundice which affects the liver, people literally become “yellow”. In numerology yellow is the colour that vibrates to the number 3. Number 3 is pictured with a cigarette in one hand, a drink in the other, in a very social setting, talking “big” and making promises it cannot keep. Perhaps the alcohol weakens the liver and so they are not able to carry through with an idea.
The wood element is nourished by the water elements (kidneys) and in turn nourish the fire element (heart, pericardium, small intestine). The wood element is “controlled” by the metal element and in turn “controls” the earth element, which you can see from the Shen and Ko cycles in the diagram at the top of this page.
The liver stores blood, maintains the free flow of chi and controls the tendons. Liver problems affect the eyes and nails as well. Low sperm count could be related to a weak liver. Nervous disorders, muscle spasms and “madness” all stem from the liver.
Herbs that can be used in cooking for the liver and gallbladder are Basil and Rosemary. All herbs good for the liver are good for psychic protection too. Rosemary and Basil are easy to grow. I have them both in my garden. The Rosemary is a small bush and will last many seasons. One bush should be enough for a normal household. Basil needs to be planted every spring. Keep cutting the flowers out so that it makes more leaves. You will need about six Basil plants and can dry your own for the winter.
Other common things that can be used to “fix” the liver and gallbladder are Epsom Salts and other foods rich in sulfur. Epsom salts can be taken about three times a day, anything from a pinch to half a teaspoon. If it upsets your tummy, cut down just a little. The added benefit of Epsom salts is that your skin will become more beautiful. Epsom salts can be added up to a cupful at a time to your bathwater and will do wonders for many things. Foods rich in sulfur are eggs, garlic, onions, cabbage and proteins like milk, meat, fish, poultry and legumes.
Chamomile is also highly recommended, either as an oil or as a tea. It soothes restlessness, nervousness and insomnia, has a healing effect on the liver and helps for cramps and painful muscles and joints. It is interesting to note that insomnia (inability to fall asleep) is caused by liver weakness. So are many brain- and nervous problems, epilepsy, muscle spasms and tendon problems. Activated charcoal or Burdock root tea will help to absorb toxins and detoxify the liver.
Remember this week to get some sunlight. Fluorescent lighting is very bad for the nervous system. There are 2 types of energy saver “bulbs”. The full spectrum ones are far better for you than the mercury ones.
Until next time – keep off the alcohol and pills and give your liver a break.