For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere spring is just around the corner which traditionally means a good clear out. A Survey carried out by the Soap and Detergent Association in the USA revealed that 98% of us feel good about ourselves when our house is clean and 60% say that spring is the best time to rid the house of dirt and clutter. The same is true in Chinese Medicine, Spring is traditionally the time to clear the mind and body of unwanted build ups, to stretch and move with the upward dynamic energy of Spring. The organs traditionally associated with this energy and time of year are the Liver and Gallbladder. Their job is to clear the body of toxins, aid flexibility and flow in the body.

A common problem arising when these organs are not taken care of are Gall Stones. Each year in the United States, approximately 1 million people are newly diagnosed with gallstones and approximately half of these cases, the Gallbladder will be removed. However this need not be the case, many foods can help the gallbladder dissolve gall stones. In Chinese medicine, the colour green is linked to the Liver and Gallbladder and all green foods will help Gallbladder function. So spinach, watercress, broccoli and kale work really well. Apples and pears are used to moisten pathways and soften hard build ups such as Gallstones in the body . Fresh lemon juice contains the phytochemical limonene which improves liver function so a simple splash of lemon juice in hot water will wake up the Gall bladder and Liver, Spring Cleaning the body from the inside out.

Juicing is an ideal way to improve liver function as it increases the release of enzymes within the body which can sometimes be lost through cooking. Enzymes are essential catalysts for all chemical reactions such as digestion, immunity, regeneration and metabolic function. Some enzymes are produced within the body and some come from the food we eat and are key to nutrient absorption. Most raw, fresh pressed juices are easily absorbed by the body meaning all that super food is getting to working for you instantly.

The following is a perfect liver cleansing juice as it contains all of the above three groups. Feel free to change the amounts to suit your palate. . If you want to increase the power of this juice sprinkle over a teaspoon of spiriulina which is is one of the best plant sources of vitamin B12 essential for the functioning of cells and tryptophan which helps the body produce the anti-stress chemical seratonin

  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large handful flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red apple

Flat leaf parsley is always good to grow and have around. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, A, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium and iron. Add a handful to sandwiches, salads or juices. Its flavour is so mild you can chop it and toss it through cooked rice or potatoes.

If you would like to learn more about The Liver and Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine Uta Kaiser and Joanne Faulkner will be running a relaxing and inspiring weekend workshop including

  • Morning/ Evening Yoga & Meditation
  • Simple & Effective Shiatsu bodywork (Acupressure points)
  • Conscious Cooking Lesson
  • Personal & Group Visioning

All to create a Clear Mind and Moving Body – understanding and supporting the Liver and Gallbladder this spring

Cost €265 includes all food, instruction and accommodation.

For more information and a booking form contact;

Jo: 086 607 0432

Joanne Faulkner specializes in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine runs a Shiatsu Practice, Cookery Classes and caters holistic events and workshops.

Uta: 087 742 5717

Uta Kaiser practices Shiatsu and massage at the Dublin Holistic Centre and teaches Scaravelli inspired yoga in Dalkey and Central Dublin.