The Emotional Aspect of Liver Meridian

In spring the earth energies are rising up and outward in powerful bursts. There is a profusion of new growth and life in the plant and animal kingdom, the weather is warmer, and we are wanting to get outside to exercise and be in nature.

This is the time of the wood element and the Liver and Gall Bladder Energies. This element is associated with new ideas, new projects, and inspiration.

Today, I want to focus on the Liver Meridian. The function of the liver is to store and regulate blood volume. It also is responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. The Liver is associated with the eyes, ligaments, and tendons and the emotion of anger and frustration.

Anger can be a great motivator when channeled correctly. When liver energy is flowing smoothly anger can be a clearing force that is dissolved into inspiration, optimism, and wisdom. If the liver energy is blocked or stagnated it can create extreme emotional states such as anger or rage. Repressed anger over time will lead to resentment. Emotions are part of being human and a healthy response, but if we are fixated on any emotion, it will create disharmony and disease.

Excessive resentment and anger create heat in the body which can rise up and cause headaches, high blood pressure, ringing in the ears, and digestive issues. It is wise to not eat when you are angry.

Liver imbalance can also create depression, irritability, frequent sighing, moodiness, lump in the throat, violet emotional outbursts, migraines, cravings for greasy fried food, shingles, and chronic fatigue.

To promote liver health and balance, it is important to have a regular bedtime (before 11 pm is best) eat leafy greens, detox cleansing periodically with liver herbs, limit or avoid alcohol, juicing, practice yoga or Qigong. It is also a good idea to have your energy balance with acupuncture or acupressure.