What is Liver Qi Stagnation?

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In Eastern medicine, one of the main principles is the concept of Qi. Qi is the internal energy that constantly flows through you, and when this energy is blocked or unbalanced, your body is thrown out of its optimal state known as homeostasis. When this occurs health conditions can begin to develop. Furthermore, in Eastern medicine, your organs also have their own Qi, as well as a primary function that differs from the view of Western medicine.


In this blog post, we will briefly cover the role of the liver and 3 signs to look for that may indicate liver Qi stagnation. 


The liver is a very powerful organ in Eastern medicine. In Eastern medicine, the liver is primarily responsible for the proper circulation of both Qi and blood throughout the entire body. In addition, as the liver is responsible for the circulation of blood, then it also provides fluid and nourishment. 


If you have any of the following symptoms, your liver Qi may be blocked.


Irritability & Mood Swings

Becoming more easily frustrated, and experiencing emotional extremes are symptoms of liver Qi stagnation. However, these symptoms can also be causes of liver qi stagnation. This is because stagnated liver Qi can contribute to emotional and mental disharmony, however emotional and mental disharmony may also be the result of other issues that may impact the function of your liver. 


Pain & Discomfort

When your circulation dangerously slows down, or your blood pools, this is known as blood stasis. This can be a sign of liver Qi stagnation, as your liver is responsible for proper circulation. If blood stasis does occur, you may experience pain throughout your torso and abdominals. 


Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Similarly, experiencing an irregular period or unexpected changes to your menstrual cycle are also signs of liver Qi stagnation. This is because your liver is also a regulator of the menstrual cycle in Eastern medicine. Therefore, if you experience issues with your menstrual cycle, it may be a sign of liver qi stagnation.   


If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your liver Qi may be stagnated. And, if you don’t have stagnated liver Qi, at the very least, these symptoms are still signs that your body is out of balance, and if left unchecked, these symptoms can become more serious problems. If you’re interested in learning more about balancing your Qi, contact us today to book an appointment.

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