Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Acupuncture and Anger
We are now at the beginning of a change in seasons.
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This is now the
Chinese year of the rabbit and spring has begun its renewal of the Northern Hemisphere. Just as night must turn to day, winter
must turn to spring. Alas, this change can be uncomfortable, especially for someone with a lot of anger. Fortunately, acupuncture
can be very helpful with this emotion.
It is no coincidence that of the Five Elements, the Wood Element is
associated with spring and with anger, as well as hope and creativity. Interestingly, all these emotions feel the same:
they are vivid, strong, and upward. Remember that this surging, vivacious energy is coursing through everyone at the grocery
store checkout, in traffic, in the office, and everywhere else. It’s good to know that what we are feeling is nature
at work. Although it can feel like an all-consuming rush, it’s not personal.
The most significant changes
in life usually begin as barely noticeable, even trivial. When an underground seed begins to sprout, nobody knows. Yet, that
seed could be a mighty oak tree, destined one day to bring shelter, food, and beauty to the world. Moreover, a small spark
can turn a dry forest into a raging inferno in very little time. Minor irritation turns to rage in a person this same way.
The best thing to do in this situation is for that person to get away from other people and animals until he or she is safe
for others again.
Thankfully, you can use acupuncture to smooth the flow of qi. Wood in balance is benevolent
and flexible. Conversely, Wood out of balance is inflexible, unclear, irritable, and violent. When someone has to be first
in line, at the light, or wherever, this can be Wood out of balance, especially if he/she is willing to cut off others in
order to get “there”. If this angry, rushing person sounds like you, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to
your local acupuncturist. (It might also be a good idea to take some anger management classes or see a good therapist.) Anger
is a natural emotion. However, to avoid upset and even abuse, it must be handled with clarity and benevolence.