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Moodiness and Acupuncture

Everyone suffers from irritability and moodiness from time to time, but if you find that a short temper and frustration are becoming a constant issue for you, then Acupuncture may be able to help.

Often irritability and moodiness are the consequence of chronic stress in your life. Over time these emotions can progress into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health conditions such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency to get sick more frequently. Emotional disorders can be associated with a number of different patterns of disharmony within Oriental medicine however. Anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our energy is not flowing smoothly.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout the body and for smoothing our emotions.

When the liver’s function of “moving energy” (referred to as “qi” in Traditional Chinese medicine) is disrupted, qi can become stuck. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony seen in today’s patients.

In addition to irritability and moodiness the physical signs and symptoms may include any of the following: distending pain in the area below the ribs, stuffiness of the chest, sighing, abdominal distention, nausea, acid reflux, belching, irritable bowel symptoms, feeling of a lump in the throat, and difficult or irregular periods. Liver qi stagnation is commonly associated with PMS as well. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. Treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with liver qi stagnation focuses on moving qi and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with Acupuncture, herbal therapy, lifestyle, and dietary recommendations.

If you are concerned that your emotions may be interfering with your health and wellness, call for more information on how Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you!


Author – Jim Burnis is a local Gold Canyon Acupuncturist – — 480-671-5178, contact Jim Burnis.

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