Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture
Everybody suffers from a mood swing every now and then, but if you are constantly moody and irritable then it may be a wise idea to look into receiving an acupuncture treatment. In most cases, a short temper can be the result of a high and consistent stress level. If the stress level continues to remain constant, then this can lead to more severe mental conditions such as depression or anxiety and can even cause physical symptoms like insomnia, weakened immune system, and digestive problems.
As far as Traditional Oriental Medicine is concerned, stress and the conditions that result from it are all caused by an imbalance of Qi (life energy), in the liver. When the liver Qi becomes stagnant, this can cause an energy blockage, leading to conditions like irritability and stress.
Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation
Liver Qi Stagnation is the most common type of imbalance today. Prolonged stagnation of the Liver Qi can also lead to pain around the ribs, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), nausea, belching, sour regurgitation, diarrhea, painful menstrual cycles, abdominal distention, and congestion in the chest. This condition can often occur in women experiencing PMS.
Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture work exceedingly well in countering Liver Qi Stagnation. When the liver is functioning normally again, you will notice that your mental and physical health will greatly improve. Besides acupuncture there are lifestyle changes that can be done as well to help boost the flow of Qi in the liver.
Eating clean can be a good first step is revitalizing the body. Vegetables and fruits can improve the basic functions of the liver as well as the flow of Qi throughout the body. Sour fruits like lemons are also helpful in the stimulation of liver Qi.
Besides water, there are Chinese herbal medicines and teas that will also provide benefits by moving liver Qi and helping to protect the liver from toxins such as alcohol or NSAIDs.
Stretching exercises like Tai Qi or yoga can move the liver Qi and improve the flexibility of the muscles and tendons.
Exercises for the eyes also help since the liver is directly responsible for eye health. Make sure to take a break from the computer if you are staring at it for a long period of time. Here are some eye exercises you could do while taking a break.
Lastly, seasonal acupuncture treatments will not only help the flow of liver Qi, but will improve the body in its entirety.
With the above lifestyle changes and acupuncture treatments, you need not feel constantly stressed or moody. To set up an acupuncture appointment call or send an email today!
In This Post
- Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture
- Move Your Qi!
- The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi
- Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation
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