We all know that one person who is always cranky, complaining, and angry. No matter how hard you try they’re just never going to be happy.

I have a patient just like this at the pharmacy, we’ll call him “Mr. Johnson”. No matter what he’s always angry. He complains about the traffic, he complains about the weather, he complains about the new vials we have in stock. I don’t think there has ever been one time that I’ve seen Mr. Johnson happy.                 

Recently his wife came in to the pharmacy and told us he had to have emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder.

I thought about his anger issues and the relationship to his current health situation.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, anger is related to the element of wood which governs the liver and gallbladder.

When the liver becomes stagnant or stuck this causes emotions like anger, aggression, resentment, and frustration. It can then start to affect not only the liver, but the heart and stomach causing cardiac issues and digestive complaints.

Anger can be such a destructive emotion so it is very important to recognize when it is creating issues in your life.


Holding onto anger limits happiness


Implement these tips in your home to reduce anger and increase your cardiac health or the heart health of your loved ones for a more peaceful environment:


  • Elemental harmony-If you live in a wood home with hardwood floors, wood paneling, wood furniture and burn firewood, your wood element is totally over-the-top.  Let’s balance it with some earthen pots, crystals, stones or pottery. The Earth element will help to drain all of that wood energy and bring back balance to your space.


  • Use color to balance- Using colors of the Earth element can help bring balance to an angry household e.g. yellow for Joy, orange for confidence, or browns and beiges to help ground. Refrain from using bright reds and greens as this can have a negative impact.                                                              
  • V is for violence- Reduce the amount of violence you are subjected to from watching television programs, music or video games. Even watching the news can feed angry feelings. Limiting exposure is very helpful to clearing these emotions.                                                                                                                    
  • Go easy-Limit coffee, sugar, and alcohol which disrupt the flow and weakens the liver chi.                       
  • Sleep – When we are deprived of sleep we naturally become cranky. Getting into a routine of a set bedtime will help with replenishing your energy and also provides the best environment for your liver to detox and regenerate on a daily basis.                                                                                                                   
  • Get active– Get outside! Spending time with friends and family outdoors is a great way of not only connecting with Mother Earth, but also discharging that built-up wood energy. Be sure to take a blanket so you can feel the Earth beneath you. Participating in yoga, Tai Chi, or Chi Gong can also help encourage the smooth flow of liver chi.

The next time you notice anger cropping up in your life check out your environment for an excess of the Wood element. Notice your emotional changes as you make the shifts in your environment.



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