diagram of dog anatomy 

It is the Liver season, Spring, so, I found it appropriate to choose this meridian and Wood Element to discuss. In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 5 elements and each animal represents one or two of these elements. The Liver has several functions, one of the most important functions is to store and clean the blood – it controls the amount of blood in the entire body. The Liver meridian allows the blood to be stored when resting and pushed for harmonious flow to the muscles, thus keeping the body fluid with blood that is free of toxins. When toxins enter the body in a larger amount it is necessary or beneficial to strengthen or stimulate the points on the liver meridian to flush out the dirty or the toxins in the blood. The Liver is governed by the tendons and ligaments ensuring that movement will be smooth and strong. Look to the nails as a sign of how the tendons and/or ligaments are functioning because the nails are the extended manifestation of the tendons and ligaments and can tell us if the liver is out of balance.

The Gall Bladder takes the bile received from the Liver meridian and excretes it during the digestive process. The Liver and Gall Bladder keep our bodies clean of dirty blood, toxins and bile.  While the liver takes on planning and actual activity, it is the gall bladder that actually has the commission to control our judgement or the decisions we make. If our judgement is clouded or an animal is not focused in the ring it may be the Gall Bladder that needs stretghening.

The Liver and the Gall Bladder belong to the Wood Element and have many attributes and emotions that are indicators of the liver and Gall bladder function.

  • The Wood (liver/Gall ) season is Spring as I mentioned, it is associated with anger, irritability and depression or indecision.
  • These two meridians open to the eye and you may see watery or mucus eyes if there is an imbalance. 
  • Stiff  joints or muscles is another effect of the liver and Gall Bladder meridians being out of balance. If the nails are brittle or cracking there could be an imbalance as the nails are extensions of the tendons.
  • Windy weather is all about the liver and if the animal is scratching  – well, look at stimulating the liver.
  • Herbs such as parsley and dandelion, milk thistle and licorice root help strengthen the Liver
  • The color green works on the Wood Element (Liver and Gall Bladder)
  • Beef, liver, fish and pork are good proteins to feed during the Liver (Spring) season 

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Blessings to you and the animals you love!

Allison Culver