Grief, anger, old wounds, both physical and emotional — wouldn’t it be great to have a tool to help release all that stuck-ness and thrive?
Life brings challenges. And that can certainly be an understatement. Everyone gets stressed out, and everyone feels tension and overwhelmed by emotions sometimes. However, the bad news is that tension in the body can cause energy to be blocked, and that stuck energy affects various organs and meridians within the body.
Traditional Chinese medicine regards emotions as a significant contributor to a person’s health. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy.
In some people, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, and spasms through the shoulders, neck and temples, and cause headaches. If tension isn’t released in a healthy way, it will find an outlet, and it’s often expressed in angry outbursts — while it helps in the short run to relieve the pressure, it sure can cause damage inside and out. And strain relationships. If this stagnation remains unresolved, it can become chronic, and can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure among other possible symptoms.
Grief is also a very powerful emotion. The organ considered most connected to grief is the small intestines. The small intestines meridian houses the points related to repression, resistance, and the deep holding of emotions. If blocked, chi (life force) becomes stagnant and can manifest in an array of symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, and depression.
Another place energy can get blocked is in the chest area — this can cause physical symptoms such as shallow or difficult breathing or heart palpitations. The heart is the emotional center, and tension often brings with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even feeling emotionally cut-off, which can lead to long- term depression.
For emotional tension, if there is a deficiency of energy in the heart, acupuncture can help to bring energy to the area and to balance it. A heart that has been closed off emotionally can start to gently relax and open. The heart must be free of blockages and illness to fully express joy, its natural emotion, to its fullest capacity.
Acupuncture is used to unblock energy, and move it through channels in the body and either balance it or repel it from the body via the meridian system, balancing emotional levels. This causes energy to flow freer in the channels of the body, strengthening the organs, removing the blocked emotions, allowing the person to feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to focus.
Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals decrease inflammation and pain and bring your system back into balance. This energetic and biochemical balance stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical well-being. Acupuncture promotes blood flow, stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms, releases natural painkillers (such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin) and reduces stress. Interested in How Stress is Relieved by Acupuncture?
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