Calm Stress by Reducing Liver and Gallbladder Stagnation

August 21, 2009 12:30 am

One of the most frequent side effects of an overly busy lifestyle is stagnation of the liver and gallbladder organs. When these organs are stagnated, you might notice:

  •  Headaches, migraines and side at the sides of the torso.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances.
  • Bloating, acid reflex, excessive or poor appetite.
  • Restlessness, irritability.
  • Mood swings, quickness to anger.
  • Tendency to talk incessantly.
  • Neurological sensitivities.
  • Gallstones.
  • Menstrual irregularities and challenges with fertility.
  • Anemia.

To balance the liver and gallbladder it is important not only to detox thorugh diet, herbs and exercise, but also provide opportunities for nourishment through down-time.

Emotional struggle, busy activities and heat in the diet in the form of high fat foods or high carbohydrate content, all contribute to energetic heat that agitate then stagnate the liver and gallbadder.

You can empower yourself toward balance by practicing the following for at least five minutes each day.

  1. Put on relaxing music and allow your mind to follow the music.
  2. Practice five count breath work where you count your inhalation for 5 counts, and count your exhalations for 5 counts.
  3. Imagine a peaceful scene in nature as you listen to music.  Feel the calmness of this place as tangible energy surrounding you.

Dietary strategies that can help quell stress are those things that bring moisture and coolness to the body such as cucumbers, peppermint tea, deep root vegetables.

Also, quiescent qi gong is very helpful with quietness. Circle walking, 8 Treasures, and similar movements that gently release tension form the internal organs can be very helpful.

Last, Chinese herb formulas such as Free Easy Wanderer which emphasize herbs that relax and smooth the energy of the liver while gently supporting the kidneys and lungs can significantly reduce stress and also bring the gallbladder and liver back into balance.

Interested in our professional medical qi gong certification program that trains you how to used nuanced Chinese medicine techniques to balance the liver and gallbladder? Contact us today at  512-468-6588

Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT

Kay is the founder of Aiki Healing, a practice of medical qi gong dedicated to increasing the energy and well being of clients across the body, mind and spiritual levels. Email or call her today for a personalized consultation or bliss bodywork session. 512-468-6588