Hurray it is March, the beginning of spring and the start of a new cycle. I just love this time of year and the underlying energy of spring and rebirth. March sees the end of winters deep, conserving yin energy and now yang begins its rise; the days lengthen, the temperature rises, plants begin to grow again, and we come alive like the bulbs in the ground and the birds gathering sticks for nests.

 

We are nature, and that growth of activity and energy in the ground and sky is mirrored in us. Spring represents the growth of yang energy but also a corresponding growth in yin, as the goddess energy and fertility become nature’s fashion. I love to see the rhythm of yin and yang, always there and interconnected. Just beautiful. Spring equinox on the 21st this month is a great example of yin yang theory in action. 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of darkness. Perfect balance for one moment in time before yang begins to grow towards the longest day.

 

Fertility becomes an important part of nature’s business in spring and our subconscious feels this shift too. It is our movement through the cycle and rhythm of life, a deeply primordial desire to pass on our legacy and secure our lineage, from our ancestors onwards to our children that become important in Spring. Spring rouses us from the slumber of winter and reminds us of this deeper rhythm that life is about more than just what we have to do today.

 

Over the last few years acupuncture has become known for its ability to increase fertility with procedures such as IVF and ICSC. But improving natural chances of conception should be a first step for anyone trying to conceive. The rhythm of the menstrual cycle can easily become upset or imbalanced by lifestyle, emotions or illness, Acupuncture is very good at restoring order to the cycle, bringing rhythm and correct movement to each phase. The menstrual cycle is another perfect example of yin and yang in nature and in us.

 

The body begins by building a new endometrium for a potential life to bind to. These first 2 weeks (approximately) represent the yin phase, and focus on building blood, nutritious fluids and egg ripening. When yin reaches its peak and this process is complete, yang begins with ovulation and an egg is released. Movement and activity are now the focus of the following 2 weeks, as the egg moves down the fallopian tube and the body prepares for it to meet any potential sperm swimming the other way. If conception does not happen, the endometrium sheds, the bleed commences and the cycle begins again.

 

Acupuncture is great for working with the cycle, but what the acupuncture is really doing is helping us reconnect to those rhythms that make us human. We are a microcosm of the universe, and the menstrual cycle is just one cycle within humanity. There is  the yearly cycle through the seasons, the life cycle itself from birth to death, the astrological cycles depicting periods within our lives, and the cycles of our destiny: The reason for our lives unfolding through our actions and decisions.  All present rhythms we must follow to complete our life’s work.

 

Spring is a great time of year to feel the energy rising up and making us active in our lives. So be proactive and find your rhythm!

Written by Jeremy Marshall, Acupuncturist

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