Repressing Emotions Blocks Your Liver

Our emotions play a key role in our physical health. Find out how repressing emotions can lead to malfunctions in your liver and what to do about it.
Repressing Emotions Blocks Your Liver

Last update: 27 May, 2022

We often talk about the different factors that can cause harm to your liver. We know that poor eating habits, pollution, and all the toxic substances around us harm our health. But, many people who watch out for these factors still suffer from liver problems. Why is that? Can repressing emotions be the cause behind this?

In this article, we’ll explain how the liver is affected when we are constantly repressing emotions. Also, we will share how you can help to naturally improve your liver health.

What is the liver hiding?

According to ancient Chinese medicine, each of our organs has a related emotion that has a particularly strong effect on it. This gives us a few clues into which emotional responses may lead to which chronic diseases. For example, the lungs are related to sadness and the kidneys to fear.
In the case of the liver, it is mainly affected by anger and frustration. Repressing these emotions directly affects the liver, just like if you were to eat a plate full of greasy food.

Anger and other emotions

Although we are focusing on anger, we should also take other similar emotions into account. R esentment, bitterness or irritation are all equally harmful to our liver’s well-being.

Plus, excess repressed anger may cause your liver to become blocked. This can be extremely bothersome and cause physical discomfort (muscular tension in the neck and shoulders, headaches, vision problems, etc). In the long term, this situation can lead to  chronic disease.

So, how should you express your emotions?

The solution, which involves expressing these emotions, isn’t as easy as it looks. People who suffer from these problems know how hard it is to change their way of reacting to life’s daily struggles.

We constantly see people who have repeated attacks of anger, and common sense tells us that this isn’t healthy. In fact, people who tend to have angry reactions usually end up suffering from heart problems.

So, what’s the solution? Let’s go over a few tips to learn how to unblock your liver without being controlled by your emotions.

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Realizing what’s going on

Awareness is the first step to keeping this problem from repeating itself over and over again. You should first: get to know yourself, figure out what kind of people cause you to become angry and discover how you can avoid this reaction. 

In this case, you could go to a therapist to help you manage your emotions. Or, you could take a homeopathic remedy such as Bach flowers to help you. This is a natural alternative with no side effects that may surprise you with its quick and positive results.

Learn to communicate instead of repressing emotions

The first step to not repressing your emotions is learning to communicate. You have to be able to speak calmly about what you feel and what hurts you, especially with the people you love.

Then, you should practice doing the same with the people you interact with every day.  This is a difficult step, but the positive results will encourage you to keep moving ahead.

Do physical activity

Physical activity is one of the best solutions to a number of problems. In this case, it helps because it allows you to get rid of physical tension. And if you want to unblock your liver, you should focus on  exercises that allow you to move your right arm.

When you do movements with this arm, you are also massaging and unblocking your liver.  So,  try doing a physical activity such as tennis or boxing, depending on how intense of an athlete you are.

You should also occasionally do physical activity in nature. You can even try to find a spot in nature and scream as loud as you can. Get rid of all that negativity that is harming you and lighten your burden.

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Read also: 7 Subtle Ways to Increase Physical Activity Every Day

Express yourself

There are plenty of ways to express yourself, especially if you have a hard time communicating with words. Art is a great way to express your feelings. Don’t hesitate to look for an artistic field that will allow you to enjoy yourself in a free manner, without any type of supervision or expectations.

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Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important that you find ways in which to stop repressing emotions. Learning how to manage and express them will increase your quality of life. It will improve your health, and also your overall sense of well-being.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.