Wondering if liver qi stagnation is the cause of your emotional, digestive, or fertility issues? In this post sponsored by Bioray, we’ll show you how you can show your liver some love to get your qi flowing again and balance your emotions, digestion, and more.
What is chi or qi?
Chi or qi (pronounced “chee”) is the energy flow created along the meridians (pathways) that connect the acupuncture points on the body. These pathways also connect to internal organs in the body.
An easy way to think of qi is that it is a vital energy force that flows into, within, and through the body. Qi moves blood and fluids between the organ systems in our bodies. This qi can be healthy and vibrant if we give our bodies the right tools, or it can become stagnant when our bodies become overtaxed by environmental toxins, poor diet, and chronic stress.
Our emotions may have the biggest impact on the health of our qi.
What is a qi deficiency?
Qi deficiency occurs when your body is not having its needs met. This can be due to a number of variables, including:
- poor sleep habits
- poor eating habits
- lack of a safe, clean living environment
- lack of clean air and water
- lack of loving relationships
On the other hand, we can also experience excess qi, which results from environmental toxins, chronic stress, and overexertion.
What is liver qi stagnation?
Liver qi stagnation occurs when qi becomes sluggish. The blood then becomes sluggish or stagnate, and you start seeing outward symptoms of this blockage.
While lifestyle factors such as poor diet contribute to liver qi stagnation, in Chinese medicine, the main culprits are thought to be chronic stress and anxiety.
Signs liver qi stagnation is making you crazy & cranky
For women, liver qi stagnation will eventually show up as outward symptoms effecting fertility, digestion, and emotional health.
Symptoms of liver qi stagnation
- bloating and distended belly
- unreasonable anger
- irregular or painful periods
- mood swings
While these symptoms are common in women, I think it’s important to point out some similarities between women’s health issues caused by liver qi stagnation and children with behavioral disorders.
For instance, children with PANS/PANDAS, autism, and oppositional defiant disorder not only suffer from emotional disturbances like anger, mood swings, and depression, but they often exhibit co-morbid conditions such as bloating and poor digestion. Often, behaviors will follow a cycle, much like a woman’s menstrual cycle.
If you or your child is suffering from symptoms of liver qi stagnation, you may find relief in the suggestions below.
How can I improve my liver qi stagnation?
In order to get your qi flowing again, you need to show your liver some love, take care with your stress levels, and prioritize rest.
If you’ve been around here long, you know about my love for herbs. When it comes to traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs can be a very powerful ally in bringing imbalances back into alignment.
Some herbs in particular can be helpful in relieving liver qi stagnation, including those that both support healthy stress responses as well as liver health.
Bioray offers two organic supplements that work together synergistically to get your liver qi flowing and healthy again.
One of Bioray’s best supplements for stressed, tired mamas is Loving Energy, a restorative and calming traditional Chinese kidney yin tonic.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that we inherit qi from our parents, which is then stored in the kidneys. Loving Energy helps to support the kidneys, as well as the lungs and adrenals.
If you’re familiar with symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you know they overlap with many of the symptoms of liver qi deficiency: feeling overly stressed and angry, exhausted and depleted.
It really becomes a vicious cycle: your qi becomes stagnant due to chronic negative emotions and stress, and in return, as your liver becomes sluggish, your emotions become more negative and unruly.
Anger and rage are most commonly associated with poor liver function, so as you can see, lowering your stress levels will support liver health, and in turn, having a healthier liver will cool the emotional heat.
Loving Energy helps those who are anxious, tired, overwhelmed with a touch of brain fog or individuals who experience the seasonal sniffles. It has also been shown to provide excellent support when used during detox.
Loving Energy works to:
- Replenish the adrenals glands
- Support the lungs and kidneys
- Restore creative energy
- Relieve stress and exhaustion
- Balance histamine response
- Improve focus and feelings of well-being
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Liver Life is a restorative supplement that naturally strengthens the liver’s structure and function. It improves the body’s ability to filter toxins, drain acidic waste, and decrease ammonia. Liver Life opens up the detox pathways in the liver and supports kidney function.
Because liver qi stagnation is associated with digestive discomfort, poor energy and sleep, and negative emotions, Liver Life is the perfect supplement to help balance things out.
- Improves detox, nutrient absorption and food tolerance
- Increases metabolism and energy levels
- Balances healthy body weight
- Restores healthy pH balance
- Promotes restful sleep and balanced hormones
- Reduces skin irritations, head pain and sensory issues
Because we live in an increasingly toxic world, liver support is essential to keep qi flowing and the liver, one of our primary detox organs, functioning optimally.
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In addition to herbal support, there are some other changes you can make to relieve liver qi stagnation.
Lifestyle changes to support your qi
In our go-go-go society, not much emphasis is placed on slowing down, but that’s just what you need to do to support better qi flow.
✔ Take time to rest throughout the day. Sit down; sip some tea; don’t distract your mind with anything. Just rest.
✔ Get in bed by 10 pm.
✔ Turn off electronics at sunset or wear blue-light blocking glasses.
✔ Take a short walk in the evening to clear your mind and breathe in fresh air.
✔ Take scheduled moments throughout the day to practice deep breathing techniques. 18 deep breaths in and out can get you out of fight or flight mode!
✔ Set aside time for daily prayer and meditation.
✔ If your work environment is stressful, consider making a change.
Change your mind.
Research shows that changing the way we think about our circumstances can improve them, without anything actually changing.
In her book
You cannot sit back and wait to be happy and healthy and have a great thought life; you have to make the choice to make this happen. You have to choose to get rid of the toxic and get back in alignment with God. You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life, or you can be energized by the possibilities they bring… If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
When you’re tempted to fall apart over your circumstances, step back, take a few deep breaths, and tell yourself the truth about the situation. Maybe it’s difficult. Maybe there isn’t a way to immediately improve it. But you can change the way you think about it.
Look at each interruption, disturbance, pain, hurt, or disappointment as an opportunity to practice gratitude for the things that are going right, and a chance to take an inventory of what you can control and what’s within your own power to improve. Then make a plan to do so, rather than sitting back and letting your life happen to you.
Keep a gratitude journal so you can look back and see where your prayers have, indeed, been answered, to remind yourself of the good in your life and the world, and to slow down your racing and anxious thoughts.
Eat for liver health.
In Chinese medicine, it is suggested that stagnant liver qi can be helped by eating warm, cooked foods such as soups.
Other foods that help support digestion and liver health include:
→ Freshly pressed organic juices
→ Fermented foods like sauerkraut
→ Warm teas like dandelion root, ginger, and peppermint
→ Meat stock
→ Well-cooked, soft vegetables
You’ll notice that these foods are also found on the GAPS intro diet. That’s because the GAPS intro diet is designed to quickly heal and seal the gut lining. Once the gut has healed, overburdened digestive organs like the liver and gallbladder become more efficient.
Take back control of your emotions by getting your qi flowing again
As you can see, poor liver health can make you feel crummy and cranky, and even a bit crazy. And it’s not just us moms that suffer from these symptoms; our kids can be affected by negative emotions and behavior due to stagnant liver qi.
Having liver qi stagnation affects us in a number of ways, but by incorporating herbal remedies and other lifestyle changes, you can get your qi flowing again and improve your energy, digestion, and, in turn, your emotions so you can start living joyfully again.