Why Worry? You Can’t Help It, or Can You?

In Five Element Acupuncture, the stomach and spleen carry the burden of worry. When we’re upset, our stomach takes the hit. It starts out with a worry, and then results in physical symptomology.

Yes, we know worry isn’t good for us, but did you know that our brain was wired to worry? Once you know that, you might not beat yourself up because you worry. You can reframe worry into a positive.

Let’s look at worry from a perspective that can generate some understanding: We were meant to create. The majority of people have an inborn desire to create a family, which of course brings with it a lot of problems that are meant to be solved. All worry is is an opportunity to create something new, often from scratch.

So when you lie awake at 3 a.m. wondering what will become of your daughter who is failing in school, consider what you might do to help the situation? Sometimes all it takes is creating a new state of mind for yourself. Perhaps tough love is something to try. Or talking to a guidance counselor or therapist to get to the bottom of why she is having a hard time in school.

Just plan worry gets us nowhere unless we ask ourselves, “What can I create in order to help heal this situation?”

The stomach and spleen meridians and organs, when out of kilter, present with not just worry and the feeling of emptiness/victimization, but all sorts of indigestion like CIBO and IBS or candida/fungal overgrowth. When an acupuncturist treats the spleen and stomach points, worry often is put into perspective. When those meridians are strengthened, we don’t just let worry take us down a dark alley. We seize worry as a chance to make our lives or the lives of others better.