Understanding Stress – TCM Way


Our world today is filled with stress. Although the definition of stress and our reaction to it is different from each individual whereby several members of any one family often show a similar pattern, the impact it has on our internal organs is somewhat similar based on Traditional Chinese Medical concept.

One of the results of stress is extreme emotions and each type of emotion is capable of affecting one of our five vital organs – namely depression related to liver, excessive joy to heart, obsession to spleen, anguish to lungs and fear to kidney. Most people have a tendency towards using one pattern of bodily reaction rather than others, for example, some have stomach upsets, others headaches, respiratory illness or high blood pressure.

To elaborate further, due to stress one may suffer from angina pectons, cardiac pain, arhythmia and discomfort when lying down – this is similar to heart meridian disorder based on chinese medicine.

Others may feel pain at the roof of tongue, heaviness in the trunk, anorexia, lassitude pain and swelling sensation, coldness in the inner thighs, failing to lie horizontally – this is similar to spleen meridian disorder in the chinese medicine.

There are also those who have a hot feeling in the mouth or dryness in the tongue similar to pharyngitis, toothache, insomnia and weakness of the lower limbs. They will also feel a feverish sensation in the sole which is related to the kidney meridian disorder according to chinese medicine.

Another category of feeling is pain in the coastal region, distension, mass in the abdomen sometimes headache at the vertex, vertigo or accompanied with blurring vision, tinnitus similar to the liver meridian disorder in chinese medicine.

Lastly is the feeling of chill, fever, hidrosis or anhidrosis, distension and fullness of the chest, pain in the chest and clavicula fossa, neuralgia of shoulder and arm with shaking, but when arm crossed over chest it will gain relieve – this is similar to lung meridian disorder base on chinese medicine concept.

An Emotion Of Depression/Stress

Depression/stress in traditional chinese medicine is often associated with stagnation of Qi of the Liver. This in turn seen as a result of repressed feelings, particularly anger, unwarranted worrying, fear and anxiety. The stagnation of qi may lead to poor circulation of body fluids and the accumulation of phlegm which is said to cloud the mind, producing apathy, muddled thinking and pessimism. Here the mind is equated with the Shen, the “spirit” which is associated with the Heart. The accumulation of phlegm is said to indicate the involvement of the Spleen, which is responsible for transforming and circulating body fluids.

Fortunately depression/stress and its effects can be reduced through exercise, relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture, massage herbs or food remedies and others. Such therapeutic approaches can help restored normal function to the internal biochemical processes and help to reverse chronic depression/stress. It has been proven that high levels of emotional stress increase susceptibility to illness. Chronic stress results in a suppression of the immune system, which in turn creates increases susceptibility to illness – especially to immune-related disorders.

Emotional stress also leads to hormonal imbalances (adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, thymus and others) that further interfere with immune function.

Another interesting fact about stress is that the period of time which it occurs most frequently can serve as an early indication of an imperfect organ function. According to Midday-Midnight Law, each of the twelve vital organ-meridian-function complexes has a period of two hours during which its activity is maximal. Hence, by keeping a record of stress trend, deficiency of a certain organ can be detected in its early stage.

Book Reference :

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Future Medicine Publishing, INC. Fife,

ECIWO Acupuncture Case Study – Compilation 01

case studies

By Dr André Do
4 Rond Point Pierre de Ronsard – 54300 LUNEVILLE


This patient suffered from pain in his right shoulder for more than one year. He has taken drugs, which did not reduce his pain but caused gastritis, so he stopped his treatment. He could not sleep and was very tired.


Treatment and course:

I used ASHI points and on the 2nd metacarpal bone: upper limb point, stomach point
I added few magnets (5) on ASHI points.

After one treatment this patient could sleep all night. His pain was reduced a lot.
He completed 6 sittings within 3 weeks and showed much improvement.


HOLTZINGER A, on 14th August 1968 seen on 13th September 1999

Diagnose from Western Medicine:

This patient was very tired after Hepatitis B Vaccination since 23-11-1997. Biology normal Western doctors told him it was not the vaccination that caused this trouble but he was suffering from depression.

Treatment and course:

I used Dazhui (Du 14), Zuzanli (Stomach 36) and Hegu (Large intestine 4)
ECIWO Points on the 2nd metacarpal bone: Liver & kidney point.

After 4 sittings, this patient showed a great improvement and sleep much better. He could work with more energy and enjoy life again.


FLEURANTIN P. Born on 12-5-1991 seen on 28-1-2000

Diagnose from Western Medicine:

Albumin urine which needed to be treated with cortisone for 4 years. If not her kidneys would be very sick.

At present she has pneumonia treated with antibiotics and cortisone but albumin was found in her urine again. She went on coughing, did not sleep well and was very weak. She has not gone to school for 3 weeks. Her mother was worried because the doctors in the hospital told her she had to carry back her daughter from the hospital.

Treatment and course:

I used stomach 36, lung 9.
MOXA on Dazhui (Du 14), Zuzanli (St 36), Shenzhu (UB23)
ECIWO Points on 2nd metacarpal bone: kidney

After the first treatment, she could sleep all night and his cough was less important. The 2nd sitting was done 2 days after and biology of her urine did not show albumin any more. She was healthy and could go to school again after 4 sittings within 2 weeks.