Acupuncture For Anger Release

In a recent for­um dis­cus­sion on altern­at­ive health someone asked, “Can you use acu­punc­ture for anger release?” I will answer this ques­tion here and also explain how Japanese Acupuncture works to release anger.

From a tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture per­spect­ive, anger is an explo­sion of energy like a vol­cano. For some people the vol­cano erupts really quickly. For oth­ers it takes quite a time but when the vol­cano does erupt, it is a massive erup­tion.

Acupuncture For Anger Release

Anger Release

From that per­spect­ive anger is a nat­ur­al response – it is not an unnat­ur­al response unless, of course, it causes pain and suf­fer­ing to oth­ers or one­self. The con­tin­ued indul­ging in the release of anger can cause a very dele­ter­i­ous or erosive action in the body whereby the indi­vidu­al can run them­selves quite dry of energy and leave them­selves quite vul­ner­able.

From a tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture per­spect­ive it is not just about releas­ing the anger – it’s about address­ing the fun­da­ment­al cause of the anger. If we harken back to the Yin and Yang prin­ciple, we will see that the Yin is the cool­ing ele­ment, calm­ing, rest­ful, gentle, fem­in­ine prin­ciple while the Yang is the bois­ter­ous, extra­vert, dynam­ic, act­ive and the day prin­ciple.

From this per­spect­ive then, anger is the dimin­ish­ing of the Yin – the cool­ing, nutri­ent, rest­ive prin­ciple – and an excess­ive amount of the Yang – the act­ive, vital, vit­ri­ol­ic or express­ive energy that res­ults from there being insuf­fi­cient coolant.

The Yin energy is like the par­ent super­vising the child and the Yang is like the ener­get­ic child. When they are in bal­ance, they oper­ate as a very func­tion­al unit and they are able to nego­ti­ate life con­struct­ively with­in the human con­text.

A really good example is a child – they are emotive very quickly. They cry very quickly, they get angry very quickly and they are happy very quickly. This is a res­ult of their high ener­get­ic poten­tial which is more Yang energy and little Yin energy in a very small body. So there is a lot more emotive, vital energy than restrict­ive energy.

As we get older then, the Yang vital energy that was so prom­in­ent as a child dimin­ishes and the Yin cool­ing energy starts to dom­in­ate. So we have less vital energy and we are more con­stric­ted by our bod­ily struc­tures.

Yes acu­punc­ture can help to release anger but more like in a pres­sure valve situ­ation that allows release in a con­trolled man­ner so that it does not cause dis­tress to the indi­vidu­al har­bour­ing the anger or oth­ers that might suf­fer from their angry out­bursts.

Very import­antly again, as in all aspects of tra­di­tion­al acu­punc­ture, we’re look­ing at bal­an­cing the night and the day, the Yin and the Yang. So if the Yin is bal­anced then the expres­sion of the Yang energy is more pur­pose­ful and con­struct­ive and hence less destruct­ive.

Thus acu­punc­ture works for anger release by re-bal­an­cing the body through its cooling/heating func­tions expressed in the Yin and Yang prin­ciples.

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