Blog posts in: Liver qi stagnation

Those of you who’ve been around the block with me for a few years have heard me talk about how essential it is in the Spring to have clear goals, and to be moving towards them with ambition.  This is because according to Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory, we are in the season related to the Liver/Wood Element. But in this post I’m focusing on common pitfalls that occur along the way; which often stem...

Anxiety is one of the most common things I treat here in the acupuncture clinic.Recently I posted a blog about the new study that gives us a clue as to how acupuncture is helping with stress, by regulating our stress hormones in the brain, blocking the HPA pathway to ward off heightened tension. On the heels of that report, this week I am going to share a real world story of a current patient who...

As you watch this video, if you suspect you’re a Wood type because you see these qualities in yourself…remember!…it doesn’t mean that you’re like this all the time, or even that you ever display the extremely imbalanced traits that I discuss here. Those who are very unbalanced in their element display the most exaggerated traits of that element, which are helpful to use as teaching points to illustrate the underlying drive of the element. But...

Wake up, it’s Spring! Last week, I stepped into my garden for the first time since fall. Low and behold, there, shooting up like little explosive fireworks, were my Chives! In little 5 inch tall bundles, they announced the arrival of Spring. But doesn’t it seem early for this? And then the acupuncturist in me got hit on the head with an epiphany: Aaaaah, THAT’S why everyone is coming into the acupuncture clinic saying they’ve...

“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered”–Ralph Waldo Emerson  We’ve all seen ’em, we’ve all got ’em, right? Those pesky, durable flowers that sprout up from everywhere in our gardens and driveways.  The typical response is to either yank them out and throw them into the garden waste bag, or to give them a good dose of toxic weed killer. Why not use them instead to your advantage, getting FREE...

Acupuncture helps Stress…but HOW? I’ve known since I started practicing acupuncture that it is amazing at helping people with their stress levels.  Not only do many patients report feeling “euphoria” during and right after acupuncture, but many also report that these feelings last for days after their treatments.  We have many explanations for how acupuncture helps stress from a Chinese perspective, but as more and more scientific studies are done, the research is revealing what...

 For years, I’ve been aware that wind stirs up frustration in me like nothing else.And apparently, I’m not the only one!Everywhere I go, people have been mentioning how edgy they get when the wind picks up. “I just want to punch someone!”, one usually delightful woman admitted. Chinese Medicine documented thousands of years ago the imbalances that can occur when we’re exposed to wind, and I want to give you a little insight into this...

If you’ve been following my last couple posts, then you know that we’re headed into Wood Season, and it can be a time of being challenged with increased impatience, agitation, irritability, and anger.This is because the Wood element, associated with the Liver, corresponds with these emotions.While this can mean more struggles for many people, particularly those that fall into the “wood type” category (classic Type A, perfectionists/OCD, very driven and/or competitive in nature), if we...

Every year, it’s either my acupuncture patients, or the plants in my yard (sometimes both) which alert me to the fact that the wood element energy, associated with the liver, is starting to rise up around us.Because it seems to be raring its nasty little head earlier than usual this year, I'm posting about this energy, how it affects us, and what you can do to avoid the common symptoms that seem to flare up...

It’s finally proven: Acupuncture helps stress I just got back from my regular acupuncture treatment with a colleague in town with whom I do trades.As usual, about 10 minutes into the treatment I found myself riding on those notorious waves of euphoria that acupuncture is so well known for while the stress just dissolved.As my body sunk deeper and deeper into the treatment table and I felt the relaxation that I can somehow only ever...

Last week, I wrote about the connection between random pains that we get throughout our body, and the potential connection with our liver.   This week, I will focus on fibromyalgia, which unfortunately is becoming more and more common. Fortunately though, acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general excel at treating this condition. While there is not much that western medicine can do for fibromyalgia, using acupuncture, I see complete turnarounds in the condition time and...

Does this sound like you? “One day my right shoulder hurts, then the next my left hip.  Then suddenly, my wrist will hurt for no reason.  I’ve had X-rays done at various times and nothing is ever ‘wrong’”. To an acupuncturist, this is a classic case of Liver Qi Stagnation. While western medicine doesn’t recognize the connection between pain and our liver, (or stress and the liver, for that matter) it is well documented in...

Liver related symptoms get exacerbated in the Wood Element Season of acupuncture theory As I wrote about in my “chive” blog, it is common as an acupuncturist to see an increase in each season of symptoms related to the organ that is associated with that current season.  According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood Season.  Therefore, many patients begin seeking acupuncture in the spring for increased or exacerbated symptoms related to Wood...

And of what time of year am I speaking? Wood time.  The season, according to the 5 Elements theory of Chinese medicine, related to the Liver, to the energy of discipline, “getting it done”, frustration (when things don’t happen with the ease or timeliness that we would wish), and to a great VISION for where we want our lives to be heading. The challenge of the Wood Element Anyone who understands the 5 Elements knows...

Feeling more irritable lately? Getting bothered by the silly little things? Well you’re not alone! Already this week people are beginning to report an increase in their levels of irritability and frustration. Get ready, because that time of year is just around the corner. As the days become longer and we move out of Water season and into the Wood, the energy is about to take its most dramatic turn of the year, and everything...

  The most frequent imbalances I treat in my acupuncture practice are those due to stress. More accurately, these imbalances are not just due to stress – stress IS the imbalance. In other words, stress is both the cause and result of, liver imbalance.  Which means that it’s not sufficient to just “handle the stress well” and write it off as not a big deal, because it’s inseparable from the body imbalances which come with...