Hello! I went to the acupuncturist early this week, and from my general state they determined I had liver qi stagnation with underlying phlegm, and ‘Mid Jiao’ dysfunction impacting the spleen. Pulse - slippery on the right, wiry on the left. Tongue, pale pink with a thick white curdy coating. Because I’m not sure if I’m going to stay in the area (possible employment change), I haven’t made a second appointment yet. In any case, they recommended Shu Gan (as a big component was Anxiety/Stress) and to heavily moderate sweets/caffeine.
Earlier I was having heat emerge from my palms and feet, which made me think I was Yin Deficient, but they told me I was far too vital to be YD. The heat has massively diminished since I eliminated caffeine a week ago, so it’s likely that the coffee/tea was putting further strain on my system.
My question is this… I was told exercise is something to pursue - Tai Chi, running, weight lifting. Lots of water, sleep, to be ‘chill’ as much as possible. Is this sound advice? (obviously, it seems like a no-brainer) Also, how long might this condition persist? The anxiety has almost disappeared overnight from the treatment and the heat from my palms/soles (which was my major concern) is majorly reduced. I still have some digestive aches, depending on the day, but i know it may take a couple months at least to resolve. Finally, how long should I continue the herb treatment?
It was indicated that having warmth in the palms and soles is not that unusual for those of this condition, that it is the result of excessive stress / heat. I can honestly say that my life has been unusually stressful in the past five-six months. Does this sound correct from your practice?
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