Not feeling the Bern? Unthrillary about Hillary? Do you feel like your brain has been in a blender this election season? Are you just a little anxious about wars and rumors of wars, April 15th taxes, global warming, and terrorist living on your block?  If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and frustration, your local acupuncturist has some help for you.

Anger, irritability, stress and frustration are all signs your liver Qi is not flowing smoothly. In turn, too much of these feelings in our lives can cause the Liver Qi to become stuck, resulting in issues such as the symptoms listed below.

Signs and Symptoms that may be associated with Liver Qi stagnation:

  • Pain or discomfort anywhere along the sides of the body
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sighing
  • Hiccups
  • Frustration
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Sensation of a lump in throat
  • Difficulty swallowing                                                                                                                                    Stressed
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Stomachache that improves after massage
  • Stomachache that worsens with anger
  • PMS with irritability and/or swollen breasts
  • Irregular or painful periods
  • Poor appetite
  • Churning sensation in stomach 

Your liver is one of your hardest working internal organs. It filters over a liter of blood every minute. It is responsible for detoxifying, nourishing, replenishing, and storing blood. It also acts to energize you by releasing stored sugar. And it recombines amino acids to create the protein our bodies need to grow and repair tissue. From the standpoint of Chinese Medicine, the symptoms we associate with “Stress” are seen as “The Branches”. In Chinese Medicine, we also treat “The Root”. In many cases  when it comes to STRESS, a “Root” is Liver Qi Stagnation.Foods Used to Address Liver Qi StagnationThese are just some of the herbs and foods that are believed to help Liver Qi stagnatio  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the liver is associated with the element “Wood” and spring time. When thinking of the association of Wood with the Liver, imagine a thicket of golden stemmed, leafy green bamboo sprouting and expanding upwards and outwards in the spring sun. The bamboo gracefully moves and bends with the breeze. If the bamboo and its roots somehow become bound and constrained, imagine the frustration of this growth.   When the liver’s energy or Qi is free to flow unbound, you feel flexible, bending with the breeze. When liver Qi is “stuck” you feel frustrated, irritable, moody, even depressed. . All those things we mean when we say, “I’m stressed-out.” Spring is the ideal season to pay attention to your liver and liver Qi stagnation.     An important function of the livers is regulating the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body and moderating our emotions. When this Qi does not flow smoothly it is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation, one of the most common imbalances treated by acupuncturists.

Foods Used to Address Liver Qi Stagnation

  • Turmeric
  • Milk Thistle
  • Dandelion
  • Garlic
  • Cherries
  • Chicken
  • Tofu
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red and black dates
  • Caraway seed
  • Mint
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Red beans
  • Sweet basil

Acupuncture treatments and traditional Chinese herbal formulas are excellent ways to address “Liver Qi Stagnation”.   Finding and treating the “Root Cause” of your health care concern is a hallmark of Chinese Medicine. Oregon City Acupuncture offers you De-stress acupuncture sessions this spring at a 50% discount from now to June 1st. Call today 503-653-1468 for your appointment and get that Liver Qi moving again.