Rising Anger and Health Implications
From a holistic health perspective, autumn and winter are particularly dangerous times to be angry—and yet there may be compelling reasons why this emotion may be arising. East Asian medicine (especially herbalism) has a great deal to offer towards addressing the healthy transformation of anger into creative and visionary activism, even in the autumn and winter.
In an East Asian medical context, anger is easily misdiagnosed. Too often, if someone is angry, it is assumed to be caused by Liver qi constraint. Anger may be heat in the blood, liver yang rising, festering damp heat in the Liver/Gall bladder, internal wind—and in some cases, there is a defensive victim anger that is actually blood deficiency! In these cases, simply moving liver qi may be harmful to the client.
Conversely, if someone has Liver qi constraint evident on their pulse and tongue, it is assumed that moving Liver qi with herbs and needles is the best next step—but in fact, this may be a dangerous choice. The Liver qi constraint may be a voluntary state of inhibition over a more serious pattern underneath. This pattern needs to be addressed first (or at least simultaneously), or the Liver qi constraint may actually increase!
There are also aspects of rage that stem from the Lung’s sense of outrage, or even a sense of desecration. There are depths of grief that can feel a lot like anger. Simply moving Liver qi will certainly not address this.
Fear easily turns to rage when our sense of survival—including planetary survival—is at stake. This, too, is not anger caused by Liver qi stagnation, and it is dangerous to treat it as such.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
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