My 11th Liver Cleanse Results
I completed my eleventh liver and gallbladder cleanse this weekend and surprisingly the cleanse itself went pretty smooth.
For only the second time since I started doing these cleanses, I did not get sick from the oil concoction and I pretty much slept through the night. I passed approximately 70 – 80 stones, one of which was pretty good sized — probably about a half inch or so long.
In the evening following the cleanse, however, my perspective shifted and my emotions went haywire. I fell into a depressed mental state and found myself crying on a whim.
Much of this was fueled by the news that my mother was in the hospital. Followed by Sunday, which was Mother’s day.
As an infertile woman I must say that I’m not a big fan of this holiday, but this year I told myself that it was going to be fine, I’d spend a nice day with my mother and distract myself from my own short comings.
But hearing about my mother’s sickness and subsequent nights in the hospital created a deep worry in me and only fed my depressed state.
Things got real dark, hopeless, lifeless….. All that was negative radiated through me.
As the night wore on and I sinked in deeper I wasn’t so sure I was going to make it out.
My loving husband did his best to lift me up and regardless of my negative remarks, he kept at it. As my tears poured down, he kept reminding me that I was cleansing. The emotional release was all part of it.
And he was right.
Liver Qi Stagnation and Negative Emotions
I’ve been reading an awesome book called The Infertility Cure by Dr. Randine Lewis. I re-visited her words about the liver and the emotions related to it.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body and for smoothing out our emotions.
When the body’s blood carries too many toxins and the liver is unable to release them, then it loses its ability to carry oxygen rich blood through the body. This impacts our overall health, specifically brain function. Thus our liver health is tied to our brain (i.e. emotional health).
When liver Qi is blocked then emotional energy becomes blocked and anger, sadness or weepiness may be experienced.
If this energy is blocked over a long period of time then liver Qi stagnation causes depression and menstrual disorders (including PMS).
Liver Qi stagnation causes hormones like estrogen to build up in the body, so it is common in women with endometriosis.
The liver cleanses that I’ve been doing help relieve this liver stagnation and as it releases so did all of these emotions. Seems from the dark hole that I feel into that this energy was pretty stagnant, Lol.
On the Positive Side?
I made it through and am feeling much better today. My Mom is home from the hospital and resting. I was able to talk to her on Mother’s Day and knowing she was alright helped put my mind at ease too 🙂
Looking back on all of the cleanses that I’ve done — chipping away at my liver stagnation — I think the biggest change has come in my mental state. Much of my anger has dissipated. I am much more calm than I used to be. My mental state, overall is much more balanced.
I suppose this is why the dark hole was pretty frightening. I don’t fall down there so much anymore…. But as the saying goes, sometimes you have to see the darkness to appreciate the light.
Have you noticed the tie in between your own liver and your emotional health? Did you know that the liver Qi stagnation plays a big role in PMS? Have you tried doing any type of liver cleanse?
I’d love to hear from you…..
Hey! I have been enjoying your blog for a few months now. Thank you for writing this down and sharing. It’s nice to see someone who is like me. Someone trying:)
My question is what did you go through during the detox over a weekend? I will scroll through past blogs you’ve written in case I’ve missed it:)
Hi Carrie Anne – I did the Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz. The cleanse includes a five day prep followed by a fun-filled day of cleansing – colonic, Epsom salts and an olive oil + citrus mix before bed. Then a couple days later another colonic. The cleanses can get kind of intense (obviously) but the effort has paid off. I feel great today – no aches or pains 🙂 Let me know if you try it out.
I learned about Qi and liver stagnation while being treated at the Colorado School of TCM in Denver when I still lived in CO. They taught me so much and I found the herb formulas and acupuncture all to reallly work wonders – combination with diet (no gluten/dairy + exercise (walking)). When I moved away :(, I found pain again. Presently, I am working to get back to what they had repaired. Also, I wanted to share what I’ve read previously about liver detox here: http://www.sensiblehealth.com/MyJourney.xhtml
Thanks again. I find your information very helpful, informative and accurate. I’m quite addicted and basically reading the entire thing as best i can. 🙂
Hi Mindy – Good to hear that TCM worked well for you. I hope you find someone else nearby that’s good. Thanks for the blog love. There’s lots of info and it continues to evolve as I do 🙂 Sending Love.