Stagnation is classified as interior excess yang.
Pain is stagnation. Worrying and anxiety are stagnated feelings that follow stagnated thinking..
This video illustrates one of a thousand problems that relate to worry and stagnation.
The quest for wellness taught me to stop worrying. Wellness coaching will teach you to do the same.
The future and the past do not exist. Wellness does not live there. When your thoughts linger too long in these figments of your imagination, your thinking becomes stagnated. Mental stagnation triggers stagnant emotions and a stagnant painful body. This is not surprising, since we know that body and mind are intimately connected.
Chinese medicine will look for connections between these disorders, worrying, and Liver Qi Stagnation.
I had many demons from my youth that I needed to confront and befriend. Four counselors and seven years of weekly visits resolved my old fears and hurts, and helped me recruit my unrelenting critic into my #1 cheerleader and advisor.
Worry is overthink. Relief is found in physical exercise. Dancing is just one of the many ways I have of moving from the mind into the body.
From the Big Bang on, intelligence has evolved at an exponential rate, not a linear rate. This means that the further on, the bigger the changes. This realization is part of the Big Picture, which always chases away worry and anxiety.
In our time, changes are happening so fast that most future predictions are laughable. A whole new world of genetic, molecular, and robotic engineering awaits us.
Once I began to see politics as concentrated economics, I understood that class divisions drive history forward. The big picture stopped all worrying about the world and humanity's future.
Your Chinese liver is an energy more than a physical organ. It does not detox your body, cleanse your blood, or metabolize nutrients. This is why we often use the pinyin name for liver - GAN - to avoid confusion.
Liver's main job is to avoid stagnation by keeping the qi, blood, and fluids flowing. When every organ and tissue is happy and productive, worrying is banished and wellness achieved.
Their actions particularly influence the body parts that lie along the liver and GB channels: Outer seam, inner thigh, reproductive organs, ribs, breasts, neck, and brain.
Liver stores blood, regulates the menses, nourishes the eyes and tendons, powers the sex drive, and strengthens nails and head hair.
When enthusiasm is blocked, frustration and anger are some emotions conjured up by liver, in order to remove the stagnation and get on the wellness path.
Worrying, aches and pains, liver fire, liver wind, impotence, phlegm accumulations, visual problems, brain disorders, tics and twitches, psychosomatic disorders, gall stones, and poor posture.
are caused by many things. One serious risk factor is chronic fear,
also known as "worrying."
Bio-medicine is beginning to recognize the connection statistically,
but can't quite piece together the mechanism.
Chinese medicine explains that chronic fear causes a continuous tightening of the chest muscles and holding of the breath, in a fight-or-flight response to imaginary EMERGENCIES.
Constant tightness stagnates the pumping action of the heart, so that
the heart eventually stops working.
Pathogenesis of Liver Qi Stagnation
By E Douglas Kihn, OMD
Liver qi stagnation is the result of thoughts — and consequently emotions — that are stuck in the past or future and are unable or unwilling to move forward in tune with the present moment. “Worrying,” “anxiety,” and “neurosis” are general terms most often used to describe the condition of liver qi stagnation.
Our Chinese liver (gan) is like a manager or director, ever responsible for the free flow of qi and the harmonious functioning of all other organs and tissues in the human body. “Qi” is that very yang substance which animates all yin in the universe, which includes our own blood, fluids, food, organs, muscles, and feelings.
A disturbed shen, rather than living in the spontaneous moment, chooses to obsess about the future or the past, which in reality do not exist and thus cannot be controlled. The future and the past are mere figments of our imagination, useful to us humans for the purposes of analyzing and planning. Most other life forms do not possess these higher cerebral functions and thus are immune to the condition of liver qi stagnation. The same holds true generally for small children who have not yet learned the stagnant mental habits of their elders.
Emotions are feelings that supply information to the shen about the interior of our bodies. Emotions follow thoughts. Thoughts that stagnate in the past are responsible for eliciting the stagnated emotions of guilt, hatred, and melancholy. Thoughts that stagnate in the future are associated with stagnated emotions like dread, worry, and misery. All emotions tell us something, and painful stagnated emotions tell us to return our thoughts to the present.
Two other factors that contribute to liver qi stagnation: A sedentary lifestyle in which physical qi fails to keep moving, and excess body fat/food stagnation, which slows and obstructs the free flow of qi.
Psychosomatic illnesses, for which conventional medicine finds no explanation, provide a long list of physical ailments caused by liver qi stagnation. In reaction to anxiety, any organ or muscle in the human body can unconsciously contract in a perceived “fight-or-flight” emergency response and remain so for years. Colitis, irritated bowel syndrome, pre-menstrual syndrome, interstitial cystitis, Crohn’s disease, asthma, gastritis, pancreatitis, stuttering, tension headaches, and phantom pains that come and go are common examples of this condition. On some people, all skeletal muscles can become tensed in this way, causing a condition known as “fibromyalgia.”
Chronic liver qi stagnation can by itself create a pathological heat condition. The continuous grinding of qi against a barrier in its attempt to get past creates friction and heat, and all sorts of heat-related pathologies, especially problems associated with heart heat and stomach heat.
When liver qi stagnation occurs with a sudden intensity, that heat may rise, as heat is wont to do, and generate liver wind. Windy turbulence will confuse the qi and blood of the heart and upper body, culminating in many symptoms and disorders such as stoke, panic, dizziness, fainting, tremors, blindness, aneurism, and common hypoglycemia.
Stagnation is pain. Liver qi stagnation is always manifested as chronic physical or mental pain or both. Pain is especially apparent and severe when the qi fails to move the blood adequately. Blood stagnation is perceived as sharp pain in a specific location with possible bleeding, as the blood leaves its vessel in an attempt to keep moving.
When liver does not move qi sufficiently, body fluids can collect into formations and layers of phlegm. Cysts, tumors, excessive blood cholesterol, and other dense material may result. Stagnated phlegm of an insubstantial variety may form around the Chinese heart, confusing the shen to such an extent that psychotic behavior is evidenced by hallucinations and behavior entirely inappropriate to the moment.