As the world is blooming all around us and the fresh young green plants push through the earth, our energy is renewed. Let’s embrace the beauty!

Cherry Blossoms


*In traditional Chinese medicine, the spring reflects the wood element which is the liver and gallbladder meridians. The liver has hundreds of intricate biochemical processes including storing and purifying blood, dealing with fat, chemicals, toxins, emotions, etc.

In our modern day there is a lot to purify.


*Since this is a time of renewal it is a good time to cleanse and revitalize this very special organ.


*When congested, it cannot do its job to provide a smooth and flowing energy throughout our bodies. We usually see that manifested with some seasonal allergies, conditions related to eyes, tendons.


*You may notice that your symptoms are worse when it is windy out...Well guess what? The wind is the climatic force for the wood element.



*To assist in optimal function of this very important organ, we can nourish with specific foods.


*It’s a good time to cut back on over-eating, reduce alcohol, consume more leafy greens, broccoli sprouts , cruciferous veggies, (to help assist the detoxification process), raw foods especially in a fermented form (ie. Sauerkraut, kimchi, etc).


*Nettles and dandelion are springing up all over, and although they are considered a weed, they offer many benefits. You can make them into tea, chop into salad or simply steam or stir fry. (Harvest in a backyard or a chemical free zone).



*Beets are also an excellent liver tonic and can even be made into a fermented drink beet kvass). This is a good time to start adding some bitters into the diet, (good for your wood element and good for digestion) like radicchio, radish (so many varieties at the farmers market), endive, etc. Lamb, and of course liver, are specifically nourishing.



Dr. Shelley Lane, OMD, L.Ac. NTP, has been practicing acupuncture since 1984 in the Santa Barbara area and became certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner. Dr. Shelley sees

patients for both acupuncture and nutritional therapy and also has an on-line nutritional evaluation program. She will evaluate your current nutritional needs, develop goals, provide recipes and a plan for your individual situation. There is a continual stream of research expanding our understanding of nutrition which seems to point us back to traditional diets. Learn how you can eat Real food, tailored to your specific needs.



Please call or email for Dr.Shelley's availability at Serenity Day Spa