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Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

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Qi stagnation’ is how Chinese medicine explains stress. Reading it will show you how to cope better and find how to keep your family healthy and happy.


What the ancient Chinese said is still relevant today. It explains what happens when you get stressed in ways you can easily understand!


It’s based on the experience of millions of people over thousands of years and what they actually felt and found that helped. It often shows you how to spot people who are stressed before they know it themselves.



What Works and What Doesn't

   - What works best for different kinds of stress

   - How to help yourself when under strain

   - How some treatments or actions may be less effective, and WHY!


Theory Behind Stress

Chinese Medicine has a theory to explain it, a great wonderful theory, going back perhaps 3000 years, tried and tested, just as useful now as it was then. 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' is the first book ever written explaining it this way.


Signs of Stress

When you get stressed, certain things happen.


As pressure builds up, like the air-pressure in a rubber tyre:

   - you feel tightness as in a tight chest, or

  -  you need to take a deep breath or sigh or

   - you feel something pushing your Adam’s apple upwards, closing your throat

   - you want to loosen clothes because your abdomen feels full or

   - you find you cannot move so comfortably or smoothly or

   - you get tension in your shoulders or jaw, or your heart beats faster or you sweat or ...


What Happens as Stagnant Qi moves on to the Next Stage?

If the cause of your stress doesn’t go away, the pressure turns into what the Chinese call Wind, and/or Heat.


Wind is easy to understand - it’s movement of various kinds: always busy, restless movements, chewing your fingernails, scratching your chin, talking lots – hot air!


Heat describes what happens if stress makes you hot. You might just feel hot and thirsty, but it could appear as irritability, eczema, offensive diarrhea, or inflammation.


Various emotions emerge, being your way of dealing with the strain. All have either Wind or Heat symptoms.


What About Those Feelings?

Some people get angry as their Qi stagnates and they show signs of stress. Other people cry. Some people clam up and go all tight-lipped. Other people are fearful; some get hysterical.


Of course, for some people, the emotion may have produced the stress in the first place.


It works both ways.


What to do: and what happens next if you don’t

The book explains what you can do to help yourself and, depending on the emotions underlying the stress, what will probably happen next if you can't or don't do anything about it.


In other words, it shows you how different kinds of stress produce different kinds of disease if the stress can’t be resolved.


Many kinds of anxiety, depression, hypertension, headaches, insomnia, cramps and spasms have their roots in stress.


There's a good side to stress too. The book shows you how to harness this energy for health.

Find out what people say about how easy the author is to understand ...


"Jonathan I haven't finished reading your website but already I have found it really informative and helpful to complement the acupuncture treatment I am having...

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"...I'll keep reading your articles, because they're very helpful and easy to read..."

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Which Stress Treatments Work, and Why


Find out which treatments often work best for different kinds of stress.


Once you understand the theory - and it’s not difficult! – you can often work out for yourself what might suit you. That means you can quickly find the right person or treatment to help you most.


Countries get Qi Stagnation too!


But the book goes much further than that. Stress affects us at all levels of society and it even affects countries. There’s a chapter on how at the macro-level countries produce the circumstances that make your own Qi stagnate at the micro-level.


Why You Get Stressed


Your underlying susceptibility shows why you get stressed in the first place. The whole book is full of suggestions for how to improve things so you cope better with stress.


Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Medication


Have you ever wondered why some drugs used for stress can actually produce the very symptoms they are supposed to help?


That’s in the book too, under the Primary and Secondary Actions of Drugs.

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Who is the Book For?

Parents who want to help their children cope better  

  Women who get stressed before their periods

   Men stressed from exhausting sex, or not enough

   Workers dealing with difficult colleagues


People Moving from One Phase of Life to Another

   Children having tantrums

   Teenagers with parents

   Parents with teenagers

   Pensioners lacking income

   People with too much time on their hands

   People with too little time on their hands

   Ill people, unable to work


People with Situations:

   Workers with bosses

   Bosses with workers

   Entrepreneurs chasing profits

   ... impossible targets to meet

   ... impossible jobs

   ... no job


Anyone Stressed?

What’s in the Book?

The Introduction explains the background and contains a Questionnaire to help you find the most relevant chapters for yourself.


Chapter 1 – The Natural Movement of Qi

If Qi stagnates when you’re stressed, it must move when you’re not. This chapter explains what should happen when you are healthy and well.


Chapter 2 - Susceptibility

Why do we get stressed and how does Chinese medicine approach it? Find out how you can improve things for yourself. 


Chapter 3 – The Meaning of Qi stagnation What is Qi and why does it stagnate?


Chapter 4 - Yin, Yang and Life

How come we all got in this mess? How did the ancient Chinese explain it and what was the theory they developed to help them adjust themselves to life with all its stresses and signs of Qi Stagnation? How do Yin and Yang and Qi work out in politics?


Chapter 5 – The Different Phases of Qi Stagnation  This shows you how the kind of stress you experience can indicate what actions or treatments will work best for you, and why. It's an ingenious idea, only about 3000 years old!


Chapter 6 - What stagnating Qi turns into: how to deal with it

-          Physical ways to deal with Stagnant Qi

-          Getting attention from others for Stagnant Qi

-          Using the mind to clear Stagnant Qi

-          Techniques to learn to help yourself

-          Pleasurable ways to deal with Stagnant Qi

-          Diversionary ways to deal with Stagnant Qi

-          Exercise to clear stagnant Qi

-          Exhilaration and laughter

-          What happens if Qi stagnation can't be solved?


Chapter 7 – Causes of Qi Stagnation


Chapters 8 – 16: How the different 'Energy Organs' respond to stress


Chapter 17 – Pharma-Politics of Stress


Plus 11 Appendices




Who Wrote the Book?

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott has been using Chinese medicine for 35 years, during which he has seen tens of thousands of interesting, wonderful patients.


He has lectured and taught Chinese medicine to students from many backgrounds including medical students.


He has used many different therapies including acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, Bowen technique, nutrition, Shiatsu and homoeopathy.  He is the author of www.acupuncture-points.org, a site on Chinese medicine in English visited daily by hundreds of people from round the world.


He has treated stressed people and explained how Qi stagnation works ever since he began.


For six years, he was British Acupuncture Council Regional Coordinator for South East Scotland and he is currently Chair of the Scottish Association of Professional Homoeopaths. He works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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