The holiday season can bring out all the best and worst in us. We all have bad days; perhaps the hormones are raging, that guy at the store just took the last have-to-have item off of your Santa list. and when we add being overworked, lack of sleep, and feeling as though so much more needs to be accomplished than we have time for, it’s natural to feel a bit snappy or overwhelmed. But when feeling irritated and moody feels more like a permanent state, (and you’re perhaps in danger of being added to the Naughty List) acupuncture can help!
Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system. And that’s a bad recipe that’s just waiting for a packet of illness to be added to the mix.
There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.
In addition to irritability and moodiness, other signs and super fun symptoms of liver qi stagnation may include distending pain in the area below the ribs, stuffiness of the chest, sighing, abdominal distention, nausea, sour regurgitation, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and distention of the breasts prior to periods. Liver qi stagnation is commonly associated with PMS. That’s the bad news.
Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!
And you can remain proudly at the top of the Nice List.
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