Circadian Cycles, Menstrual Cycles & Seasonal Cycles

What do Circadian Cycles, Menstrual Cycles & Seasonal Cycles all have in common? According to the Chinese system, it’s the Liver. More specifically it’s the wood element and its associated organs, the Liver & Gall Bladder. This is a bit of a broad stroke but, the way we transition is a correlation to how well our liver is functioning. Now if you come at this from a western perspective, it will sound nuts. If you want to learn a tried and true perspective on how these cycles are connected then read on.



Each season has an associated organ system. And that’s not all. From there, there are also associated emotions, behaviours, physical and physiological processes etc. It’s a long list and much too much for today episode. Today and for the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the Liver and Gall Bladder which are the organs associated with Spring.

When it comes to how energy moves in the body, the Liver has a particular job. That is, to maintain a smooth flow of energy in all direction. For this reason (and a few others) one of its responsibilities is to move us through transitions. Hopefully, and when the liver is in fine form, this will happen with ease. But if the liver is jammed up, it can feel irritating and be unsmooth. This may delay the transition and create a lot of suffering around it.

This goes for most cycles in our lives. The 3 that come to mind are circadian cycles, menstrual cycles & seasonal cycles.

So what do circadian cycles, menstrual cycles & seasonal cycles all have in common?

Well, if the liver manages how we transition, then how we transition within each of these will be a reflection of it. Here’s a cool article on circadian rhythms and seasonal changes.

To my knowledge, there haven’t been any studies done on how this might affect the menstrual cycle. But what we know from a Chinese Medicine perspective is that our sleep-wake cycles can impact our menstrual cycle and vice versa. Of course, there are many factors to consider and we don’t want to just assume that if one is disrupted the other will be too. But have you ever wondered why your sleep gets worse around your cycle? If it does, this may be a place to look.

Here are some ways you can show your liver some love.


Herbal Tonics

Love for the light and the dark,


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