Anxiety is something we create. Each person's experiences are different and each individual processes information differently based on their past, therefore in TCM, this emotion is treated depending on the person’s symptoms.
Anxiety is a harmful emotion because it blocks Qi (vital energy). This energy injures the lungs because they control Qi through breathing. That is why common symptoms of anxiety or an anxiety attack are shortness of breath, shallow breath and irregular breathing. Anxiety also injures the lungs' partner organ, the large intestine. For example, anxious people are prone to ulcerative colitis and IBS.
The shortage of breath experienced during periods of anxiety is common to everyone, but there are 3 other types of anxiety symptoms as well.
Anxiety from excess worry and pensiveness stems from spleen and stomach imbalance. This can cause stomach swelling, distention and bloating after eating.
Kidney and bladder issues can be the native root for this emotion as well. Because our adrenal glands monitor and regulate our stress response, anxiety can be felt if there is disharmony or imbalance between the kidneys and heart. This manifests in symptoms like rapid heart palpitations.
Schisandra is a tincture I make that is very helpful to preventing adrenal fatigue, promoting circulation in the digestive tract and cleansing the liver. Because the adrenals, liver and the stomach are so affected by anxiety, this tincture helps to harmonize the organs imbalanced and lessen anxiety!
Longterm anger and irritation unbalances the liver and anxiety manifests into insomnia, nervous tension and irritability. These tendencies would be helped greatly by incorporating Liver Recharge into one's daily routine to help balance emotions and regulate the flow of Qi and healthy blood.
To help anxiety you want to focus on building your Yin energy which is your cooling energy. Eat celery, tofu, beans, yams, sesame, chamomile, plums, tangerine, licorice, ginseng. Reduce stimulants like alcohol, sugar, and caffeine.
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