All of us have stressors in our lives; it is how we react to that stress that determines if stress is going to negatively impact our health in the long run. One person may be able to go with the flow during major life changes such as buying a new house or losing a job, whereas, another person faced with the same life challenges may have a major melt down. Here you will learn effective self-care methods to moderate your stress response so that you can navigate life with fewer emotional swings. For best outcomes using self-care, combine associated Aroma Acu-Sticks® to acu-points, topical remedies, and good lifestyle practices.
Aroma Acu-Therapy™ for Stress
Why? Acu-point Liver 3 soothes Liver Qi Stagnation that causes frustration leading to stress and helps to move through emotional blocks causing stress.
Why? Acu-point Heart 7 is the source point for the Heart energetic organ system and calms the Shen-Mind and soothes all negative emotions.
Why? Acu-point Bladder 62 helps to calm the Shen and helps to clear the mind as the Bladder Channel travels up to the head.
Why? Acu-point Stomach 36 calms the mind and corrects Earth Element imbalances that can cause worry leading to stress.
Why? Acu-point LI 4 used along with Acupoint Liver 3 are called the Four Gates and LI 4 serves to amplify the affect of LV 3 in unbinding stuck emotions.
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- The Five Elements of Chinese Medicine
Stress Patterns of Imbalance According to Chinese Medicine
Stress can be caused by a number of different imbalances according to Chinese medicine. By using Chinese medicinal remedies an Aroma Acu-Therapy™, one can bring balance to the Energetic Organ System(s) and associated Elements for long-term relief.
In Chinese medicine, the Liver's job is to negotiate the free flow of energy in the body. Impaired Liver function can lead to energetic blockages, limiting availability of resources and sluggishness. In Chinese medicine this condition is often referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation.
Stagnation occurs when the lack of Qi energy circulating becomes obstructed. This can cause sleep and digestive complaints, musculoskeletal pain, and emotional instability. Chinese herbs offer effective strategies to remedy the depressed energy and to break up the resulting stagnation, leading to better health and an improved mental outlook.
The Heart "houses the mind" during sleep according to Chinese medicine and is very closely associated with the "Shen" and emotional imbalances. Stress can be caused by many types of emotional imbalance and often causes sleep disturbances.
Stress that causes anxiety would be a clear indication of a Water Element Imbalance according to Chinese medicine. The emotion associated with the Water Element is fear, and anxiety is often due to the fear of failure, fear of death, and or fear of being harshly judged.
The Kidney and Urinary Bladder are the Energetic Organ Systems of the Water Element and the associated season is the Winter. Therefor, when stress and anxiety are more prevalent during the winter months for an individual, a Water Element Imbalance would be indicated. The Kidney houses the Yin and Yang of the body and chronic anxiety with a feeling of Coldness of the limbs and body would point to Kidney Yang Deficiency.
Stress-Earth Element Imbalance
The Earth Element of Chinese medicine includes the Spleen and Stomach Energetic Organ System and is associated with the emotion worry. When stress leaves you up and night rehashing experiences or emotions over and over, this is a sign of an Earth Element Imbalance. Other clear symptoms are stress eating or a feeling of nausea when one is stressed.
When one feels their personal boundaries have been violated (think PTSD) or if they have had a blow to their self-esteem, stress develops. Both of these conditions are directly related to the Metal Element of Chinese medicine which includes the Lung and Large Intestine Energetic Organ Systems.
It is known that our nervous system has two functional modes; the sympathetic and para-sympathetic. We are supposed to live in the Yin parasympathetic mode that promotes a "rest and digest" response and a calming of the nerves to preserve adrenal health. Stress that results in embarrassing sweating episodes would be a clear indication of Kidney Yin Deficiency.
Unfortunately, many of us are caught up in an unhealthy loop of emotional responses to life's every day stresses holding us in the Yang Sympathetic mode that promotes a "fight or flight" response inhibiting digestion, increasing the heart rate, constricting blood vessels, inhibiting reproduction responses, and causing our body to consume tissue for quick energy; it is easy to see how stress can contribute to any disease process. Restorative herbs help to re-wire your nervous system so that you remain in the healthier parasympathetic mode when faced with stressors.
- Meditation 15 minutes per day
- 1-2 mile walk 3-4 times per week
- Qi gong, tai qi, yoga several times per week
Psychological Stress and Traditional Chinese Medicine
From a Chinese medical perspective many manifestations of stress and anxiety can be traced back to the energetic concert between the Heart and Kidney energetic organ systems. In Chinese medicine the temperament of the Heart is expansive and upward. From a Chinese medicine standpoint the Heart exhibits Yang characteristics. The dynamic terrain of the Kidney energetic organ system is on the other end of the Chinese medicinal continuum. The Kidney's characteristic is fluid, inward, and contemplative exhibiting a Yin nature. If there is too much fire, we may experience symptoms of anxiety and agitation of the mind; thus, one important aspect of managing stress is to calm the mind (Shen).
Stress responses comes in a wide range of manifestations from mild worrying to more physical responses such as nausea, insomnia, shortness of breath and panic attacks. Some anxiety is a healthy response to the stress of daily life and new situations; however, anxiety that occurs randomly or excessively is a sign to take notice. Chinese herbal formulas can help balance both the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety and help to create harmony and spaciousness. Those living in a chronic state of being "stressed-out" often fail to understand the devastating effect that ongoing stress has on our physical health and how it contributes to the development of disease.
Chronic stress often manifests in to depression. It is estimated that 20% of the population is depressed at some point in their life. Common symptoms of depression include a sense of apathy, cynicism or anger toward someone or something, isolating oneself, crying spells and over-consumption of food and/or alcohol. Depression may be compounded in some people by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression associated with the low light conditions experienced during the winter months.
While modern life has helped make so many aspects of daily living easier, many people still suffer from emotional distress. Subsequently, anxiety, increased stress, and depression are some of the most common conditions affecting individuals. Chinese medicine offers natural, effective, and safe tools to help smooth and balance situations that are challenging your emotional well-being.
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