April Bui Acupuncture
Just about every person on earth today carries some anger. Anger hurts not only oneself, but also our loved ones. It destroys health, breaks up families and relationships, traumatizes loved-ones, jeopardizes work relationships and jobs, and perpetuates negativities and unhappiness in one's life. Chronic anger can erode one's self-esteem, breeds self-denigration and deep guilt.
Chinese medicine regards anger as neither a personality trait nor a reflection of one's character, but a health disorder. It thus provides treatments -- giving hope and healing to fragmented families, hurt individuals and relationships. Chinese medicine recognizes anger as a physiological imbalance treatable naturally with acupuncture and herbs. Knowing that anger is physiological in nature helps us stop judging others and not reacting to the source(s) of anger. It allows us to become more compassionate toward ourselves and others.
The connection between body, mind, and spirit is well-established in the ancient Chinese medical philosophy. Chinese medicine treatment for anger and other emotional disorders is not new, not uncommon and has been proven effective.
Chinese medicine has identified the following common physiological causes of anger:
How Chinese medicine treats anger:
Chinese medicine treats anger primarily with acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. Both acupuncture and herbs have equally important roles in this treatment and are used together to achieve the maximum effectiveness.
Acupuncture has the functions to open the energy system with emphasis on the liver, gallbladder, and heart channels, help energy to free flow and disperse blockages, drain excess heat from the body, and to ground energy. In the treatment for anger, acupuncture regulates the energy system in two essentially important ways: 1) Break up blockages and assist energy flow. 2) Drain excess heat.
When undergoing Chinese medicine treatment for anger, a person will find that one reacts much less to people or situations. The usual hair-trigger reactions before treatment is replaced by a detached observation. Our patients reported that they do not feel provoked - what other people say or do tend to glide off as if they have a Teflon surface. They also experienced a unique sense of detachment, the ability to mentally observe a situation or provocation without an emotional or physical response.
What to do if you or someone you know suffers from anger: