In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver represents your overall health and wellbeing. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of energy (qi) through the body. Liver qi stagnation occurs when energy is not flowing smoothly. Continue reading to learn more!
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
This is a practice that has been used for centuries in China. It has spread to other parts of the world as well. TCM has a basis in nature. They use natural substances, such as herbs and nutrition, and methods such as acupuncture and massage to help the body heal itself.
The belief in TCM is that energy, or qi, flows through the body, specifically the organs of the body. TCM practitioners believe that problems in one part of the body can be caused by a different part of the body because the flow of qi is blocked, or stagnated.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, everything in the Universe comes from qi, and qi flows through everything.
This article in Very Well Health explains,
“[Qi] is thought to provide the energy needed for our bodies to function, support body temperature, maintain the structure and strength of our organs, and keep our metabolism constant. In order to do all of these things properly, qi must flow through our bodies. Where there are blockages and qi cannot flow, we experience health problems.”
Liver Qi Stagnation
Stagnation refers to a block in the flow of qi, or energy of the body. This can cause many health and mental problems. Problems thought to be a result of liver qi stagnation include:
- Irritability and Anger
- Mood swings
- Irregular and/or painful periods
- Stomach pain and discomfort
- Other physical manifestations centering around the digestive system
How to Fix Liver Qi Stagnation
Simply put, in order to get qi flowing again, there are certain foods you should eat and herbs you should take. My Body Wisdom has a lovely table of foods to eat and foods to avoid:
|Helpful for Liver Qi Stagnation||Aggravates Liver Qi Stagnation|
|Lightly cooked or steamed vegetables||Coffee, black tea, sodas with caffeine|
|Deep ocean fish, poached or steamed||Thick creamy or cheesy sauces|
|Water with lemon||Hot spices: chilies, cayenne, pepper|
|Raw fruit salad||Alcohol|
|Cooking foods in broth or water rather than sautéing or frying in oil.||Beef|
|Bitter greens: dandelion, escarole, radicchio||French fries, onion rings|
|Goat yogurt||Heavy, complicated meals|
|Mung beans, whole soy products||Super-sized meals|
|Apple Cider Vinegar|
Putting it All Together
So, if you are having health issues and you feel mood swings, upset stomach, and some of the other symptoms listed above, maybe it’s time for a little detox.
Try clean eating. Start replacing junk food with healthy, fresh foods. Keep away from fried, fatty foods. Take a detox bath. Do things that make you feel good!
Exercise, eat clean, clear the stagnation of your liver, and you’ll be on track to feeling great again.
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