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Healing Grief and Sadness Naturally: Three
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by Kay Hutchinson




Tragedy and sadness is a natural part of life

We all face tragedies in our lives, evoking grief, sadness and despair.  This is a natural part of life.

How we nurture ourselves and process feelings greatly impacts our physical and mental wellness.

These three strategies can help you find balance during moments of loss or grief.


Support the Energy of the Body: Lungs, Large Intestine and Liver Energy

Grief and sadnessThe lung and large intestine meridians are often associated with the emotions of sadness and grief, and our immunity system.

Thus, western researchers have discovered that when people are grieving or depressed, often times their T cells (fighter immunity cells) drop.

So, there is a strong correlation between feeling grief and an increased tendency to experience viral and bacterial infections.

By  brushing and massaging these meridians, you can release the energetic charge of grief and sadness and bring balance to your immunity system.  Click on these links below to see images of the meridian pathways:

    1. Lung pathway
    2. Large Intestine Pathway

Also, take some time to release anger. It’s natural to feel anger when we experience loss.

To energetically release anger, tap the liver which is right under the right rib cage and exhale deeply while saying the sound “shuuuuuu” (pronounced as “shoe”).

Breathe deeply as you tap and relax.


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Pamper Yourself

Pamper yourself - spaIt can be helpful to engage in activities that you might ordinarily deny yourself — pampering activities such as  a facial, massage, relaxation session, extra time with family or friends, or just quiet time by yourself.

Nourishing ourselves helps to release and heal grief.

Acupressure and medical qi gong, with a focus on grief support, can empower you to feel and process your sadness and grief, and to balance the biochemical changes that occur when we feel strong emotions.

Also, move your body to nourish your emotional self.

The energy of grief and sadness can make us feel heavy and physically sluggish, as if we cannot move.

Qi gong  (which you can perform lying down if you are tired) and tai chi, begin to liberate the body from the heavier emotional states and help to remind yourself that forward movement is possible.

Frequent walks, dance, or working out at the gym can also help – just make sure not to overdo, or you will end up depleting your energy instead of building energy.

Make certain to engage in qi gong deep breathing as often our breathing becomes shallow when we are grieving.


Dietary Support

TurnipsDiet can help support the body when we are faced with loss in our lives.

Often times when we are grieving, our immunity level may drop, serotonin levels may diminish and melatonin may also be disrupted.   This can result in sleep disturbances and increased sadness.

These foods can help restore balance:

For life coaching strategies or acupressure support with processing grief, call Kay Hutchinson on (USA) 512.468.6588 or email her at

Author bio

Kay Hutchinson - Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong
Kay Hutchinson
is a Classical Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong practitioner, who consults with clients at her clinic in Texas, but she is also available for online consultations too.

Kay Hutchinson is an expert on the Vital Health Zone web site, so you can ask Kay a question about health from a Chinese medicine perspective for free.


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  Last reviewed: 12 February 2010 || Last updated: 12 February 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other supplements cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.