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Stress causes severe muscle pains, shrinks the size of our brains, and even causes heart disease. Traditional Chinese medicine works as a great alternative to combat the day to day stressors that we face. Here are ten tips to combat stress inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.

Stress Relief

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to improve circulation within the body. It has shown to be an effective solution by many to treat systems associated with stress. Stress tends to tighten up the muscles, leading to several aches and pains. Acupuncture helps to alleviate this pain by opening up the meridian channels to relax the muscles.

Foot Massage

In China, they have several places in the towns and villages to get a foot message. This is because traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that our feet connect to the earth, and the energy of the earth circulates throughout our entire body. The feet are major conductors of energy for our heart, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs so it’s important to take care of them!

Tuina Massage

Traditional Chinese medicine uses a unique form of massage known as Tuina that focuses not only the muscle but on the Qi circulation in the body. By opening up the meridian channels in the body; the muscle will naturally relax. This form of massage is also great to relieve several aches and pains in the muscles brought on by stress.

Chinese Herbs

There are hundreds of herbs in traditional Chinese medicine specifically designed to work on balancing the body to reduce stress. Traditional Chinese medicine looks at the entire body as a working organism, so a good herbalist will be able to tell where the imbalances are.

Meditation

In China, if you go to the city parks thousands of people are doing some type of meditation. The doctors in China encourage people to meditate because of its value on reducing stress and promoting health and well-being. There are several forms of meditation used in traditional Chinese medicine such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or sitting meditation. Other forms of meditation exercises from the different traditions work just as well.

Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum is a light yellowish flower that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine In China, they drink it on a daily basis to relax and maintain a healthy liver.

Jujube Seeds

In traditional Chinese medicine, Jujube seeds (Chinese: Zao He (Pinyin) or 枣核) are used to reduce stress, and produce a calm state of mind. It’s also produced in tea and has been used for to help people sleep.

Valerian Root

Valarian Root (Chinese: Xie Cao (Pinyin) or 缬草) been used for several thousand years in China as a way to relax. It has also been used by the Greeks as a natural remedy for stress. It’s most commonly found as an ingredient in teas.

Xiao Yao Wan

Xia Yao Wan (Chinese: 逍遥丸) is one of the most purchased traditional Chinese medicine supplements in the world. It used to improve liver stagnation which is believed to help balance emotions.

Go Barefoot

If you in the office all day try to walk around with you shoes off, this helps to open the meridian points in the feet. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that the feet contain vital meridian points for health and well-being.

 

Stress Relief Tips from Chinese Medicine
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