Feeling stressed out?
Stress is experienced daily by a majority of people and it is a prime example of the relationship between the mind and body. Stress is experienced emotionally, however, it can manifest itself in lower energy levels and circulation, poor digestion, insomnia, and other hormonal imbalances. These symptoms can escalate if stress is not managed well.
In Chinese Medicine, stress is closely related to the Liver. This is because the Liver has the main function of ensuring smooth circulation, in other words, a smooth flow of qi. When highly stressed, the body’s circulation does not flow as well which leads to a plethora of symptoms that one experiences when stressed. The Liver is closely tied to the eyes so some symptoms you may experience when stressed are red, dry, itchy, or blurry eyes as well as headaches that feel as if they are concentrated behind the eyes. Stress is also shown to affect the Spleen and Stomach in Chinese Medicine due to its close vicinity to the Liver. Some symptoms that may appear are acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, gassiness, nausea, vomiting, or weight gain.
The Liver also shares a connection with the Heart and this leads to sleeping issues such as insomnia especially due to racing thoughts and an inability to calm down for rest. Lastly, irregular menstruation and menstrual issues are closely linked to the Liver. In Chinese Medicine, the blood that is circulated and shed is Liver Blood and when this blood is not flowing smoothly there will be symptoms such as amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea. Stress specifically affects reproductive function since reproduction necessitates a strong supply of blood and energy.