16. March 2017 · Comments Off on Manage Anger with Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Both Western and Eastern medicine view frequent anger to be a destructive emotion and when a person is constantly angry, the anger can become a part of his life and the person then uses it as the main way to deal with anxieties or emotionally-charged situations. Anger can then be the person’s main personality trait instead of it being an occasional feeling. And since this emotion is usually accompanied by everything from irritation to aggression and hostility, it can have serious repercussions on one’s mental health, daily life, and relationships.

Constant feelings of anger may also affect the body in a variety of ways. Blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate all increase while one experiences anger. Also, there is an increased likelihood of a disease arising in which there is a deficit in oxygen in the cardiac muscles that pump the heart. This condition is known as myocardial ischemia and it can lead to problems such as clogged arteries, and heart attacks and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease.

To completely understand the relationship between acupuncture and anger management, more research is needed. That being said, acupuncture in Cleveland has been shown to relieve successfully emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Both acupuncture and Chinese medicine follow a philosophy that’s centered on the idea that if the emotions are out of balance, the person may then exhibit improper reactions that disturb his/her general health. According to this idea, rectifying blocked or unstable energy may decrease the likelihood of a specific emotional problem such as anger. Obviously, a clinical evaluation and cognitive behavioral therapy are required and are the first steps for resolving issues related to constant anger. Besides therapy and acupuncture, individuals who are striving to get control of their anger may find the following tips helpful:

• As a way to both release tension and improve your mood, think about increasing your physical activity with regular exercise.
• As a way to tame angry thoughts when beginning to feel angry, try positive self-talk and deep breathing. Deeply breathe from your diaphragm. Concentrate on repeating slowly a calm phrase/word like ‘chill,’ ‘take it easy,’ or ‘relax’. Repeat as long as necessary your intentional breathing and your phrase until the anger abates.
• Keep a diary, a record, or a journal of the times when you feel angry so you may be able to recognize possible emotional triggers and patterns and track when you are having angry thoughts.
• Learn to discover humor in different situations and how to laugh at yourself.
• Avoid drinking too much alcohol and stay away from recreational drugs. They can significantly reduce your ability to handle frustration.

It’s much healthier to express anger than to suppress it within; however, it is important to express your feelings in a calm way without becoming hostile or defensive. Consult a professional therapist or do some research to discover about anger management skills and positive forms of assertiveness.

Learning what acupuncture is can be a proactive and positive step if you are searching for ways to deal with emotional stress and anger. Talk to a qualified acupuncturist who will be able to explain the ins and outs of acupuncture and answer your questions regarding anger management.