Sadness, pain, anger, resentment: how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help
There are many genuine reasons in life to feel pain, sadness, anger, or resentment. The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, being ignored at work or in your personal life, the ongoing challenges of the material world we live in, not feeling fulfilled, dysfunctional relationships, broken relationships, the loss of a pet . .. the list is almost endless.
What makes the situation even more difficult is that in today’s society we are often under so much stress that the emotion is not given permission to properly vent or surface, which can lead to other difficult emotions and feelings. strong with sadness, pain, anger, etc. and it is a self-perpetuating situation.
A look at sadness, grief, and western medicine
If you are sad or grieving and you live in a “Western civilized country,” then you may consider going to a doctor. Friends and family can be supportive, but as the excitement lingers, you and your support group may feel like there is no better option. In many cases, depending on how the patient expresses these emotions, the doctor may decide to prescribe antidepressants to help.
There may be some cases where, as a temporary measure, this seems to help, and unfortunately many other cases where it is the slippery slope to a dependence on prescription drugs.
Of course, there are also doctors who can recommend counseling or some form of talk therapy, to give the patient a chance to deal with and release emotions.
Regardless of the route that is chosen, Western medicine does not recognize that certain emotions are linked to specific organs and, therefore, can have a damaging effect or a balancing effect, depending on the degree and type of emotion experienced.
Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the relationships between emotions and organs
However, TCM recognizes the relationship between emotions and organs, and it is an integral aspect of how both acupuncturists and traditional Chinese herbalists practice.
Even if you have no interest in seeing a traditional Chinese doctor, I have found that even by observing changes in general well-being, when you understand the interrelationships between emotions and organs, you can provide some helpful pointers on how to begin to react. -Balance these imbalances.
For example, doing something creative that you enjoy can give you these kinds of signals. Walking in nature can also do the same, as can reading something enriching. These are just a few examples of potentially balancing activities. Note that although they are useful, it is strongly recommended to visit a good doctor who will help you to regain your balance thoroughly.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 7 emotions that are:
Each of these is associated with a different organ or organs. Let’s see very briefly what they are.
1. Anger, which encompasses anger as we know it, as well as resentment, frustration, and irritability, is related to the liver.
2. Anxiety is related to the lungs.
3. Fear or perceived fear is related to the kidneys.
4. Fright is a sudden experience that will initially affect the heart, but over time, as the fright evolves into conscious fear, it will also affect the kidneys.
5. Grief has a direct connection to the lungs and if it passes the normal initial grief stage and manifests itself in chronic grief, it can weaken the lungs.
6. Joy is related to the heart. In traditional Chinese medicine, the emotion of joy refers to an agitated state of over-excitement.
7. Thinking in traditional Chinese medicine (traditional Chinese medicine) refers to thinking too much or too much mental stimulation, which is related to the spleen.
These short excerpts barely touch on the relationships, which are quite complex and also encompass the five elements (wood, earth, fire, metal, and water). However, my intention is to present the topic at this point and examine it in terms of the difficult emotions of sadness and pain, which is illustrated in the following case study.
A case study: pain, sadness, stress, anger and resentment
A patient of Dr. Jingduan Yang, a fourth-generation physician in Chinese medicine, board-certified psychiatrist, and a contributor to Huffington’s publication, is a good case study of grief, sadness, anger, resentment, and stress.
This patient, whom she calls “Nancy,” a 30-year-old woman, had suffered from pain in the lower abdomen for 3 months, which worsened after drinking cold drinks or eating fatty foods. A doctor she had attended had prescribed a drug that targeted the symptoms but not the cause, after failing to discover any physical signs of infection, cancer, inflammation, or other tangible condition.
However, while assisting Dr. Jingduan Yang, it became clear that his symptoms were indeed his friends and they were desperately trying to tell him something important. “Nancy” had been ignoring the pain of losing a long-time friend, which was combined with five years of near-constant relocation stress and career pressure.
A difficult routine, eating habits that did not lead to a balanced life and health, married to pain, sadness, anger and resentment, were balanced by a combined holistic approach, which incorporated a course in acupuncture, herbal remedies, meditation, qi. gong and better eating and dietary habits. This woman was helped to rebalance, as well as to understand the messages her symptoms were giving her and to participate in practices that returned her to greater responsibility for her own health.
Chinese medicine recognizes that pain and sadness weaken the flow of normal energy (qi) in the lungs and large intestine.
Anger and resentment (a form of anger) are recognized to create blockages of energy (qi) and blood in the liver and gallbladder channels. In turn, this can result in pain, mood swings, indigestion, insomnia, and dysmenorrhea.
This is a case study of hundreds of thousands of studies that traditional Chinese practitioners have around the world. Even if you are skeptical about trying TCM, remember that it has helped and continues to help millions of people deal with the root cause of their imbalances and not just the symptoms. It’s a great way to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. It can help you understand and manage your emotions before they become chronic, and it can help you rediscover parts of yourself that were drowned in pools of stress and chronic emotions.
If you have been feeling any or some of these emotions, it can be a great relief to deal with them with the help of a good practitioner.