The Liver in Chinese Medicine is associated with more than it's digestive and metabolic functions that typically come to mind. The Liver is considered "The General Official" of the body and oversees the smooth flow of qi and other bodily processes. When the function of the Liver becomes sluggish, some emotional and physical symptoms can manifest, letting us know that our Liver needs a little support.
The Liver is associated with the emotion of anger. If you find yourself feeling easily irritable or frustrated, especially around this time of year, you may be experiencing some Liver Stagnation patterns. Liver Stagnation is a common occurrence in our culture. Many of us are constantly on the move and bogged down by too much stress. Over time this can lead to digestive issues, menstrual disorders, frequent headaches, and even issues with our eyes.
Movement is good for the Liver. If you find that you feel incredibly better after exercising, this is a sign you may have some Liver Stagnation. Luckily, regular acupuncture treatment, herbal medicine, and diet can help to get your Liver Official back to a smooth, easy going rhythm.