Navigating the Holiday Season: TCM Tips for Stress Relief and Vitality


By Xiyuan “Alex” Qiu, L.Ac.

As acupuncturists and herbalists, you understand that the holiday season can be a mixed bag of joy and stress for your patients. With the hustle and bustle of this time of year, stress and fatigue often take center stage. In this blog, we’ll explore how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer invaluable support to your patients during the holiday season. We’ll delve into specific acupuncture points, herbal formulas, and TCM recommendations to help them manage stress, boost vitality, and make the most of this festive time.

Acupuncture Points for Stress

  • Yintang (Ex-HN3): Located at the midpoint between the eyebrows, Yintang is an excellent point for calming the mind and alleviating stress. It can help your patients find a moment of peace amid the holiday chaos. Clients often ask for this “Peace Point.”
  • Heart 7 (HT7): HT7, known as Shenmen or “Spirit Gate,” is a go-to point for emotional balancing and stress relief. It’s particularly effective for those experiencing anxiety and insomnia.
  • Liver 3 (LV3): As a point for regulating Liver Qi, LV3 can help alleviate stress and emotional tension. It’s also beneficial for those dealing with irritability during the holidays.
  • Spleen 6 (SP6): SP6 is a potent point for harmonizing the Spleen, Liver, and Kidney energies. By regulating these systems, it can help reduce stress and fatigue.

Acupuncture Points for Digestion

  • Conception Vessel 12 (CV 12):  Zhong Wan can help to aid digestion and enhance stomach qi.
  • Spleen 4 (SP4): Gong Sun can help to alleviate various stomach-related issues and help aid digestion.
  • Stomach 36 (ST 36):  Zu San Li can help to eliminate fatigue, boosts energy, and nurture the stomach.

Herbal Formulas for Vitality

  • Gui Pi Tang: Gui Pi Tang, also known as the “Restore the Spleen Decoction,” is a classic formula for replenishing the Spleen and Heart Qi. It can be beneficial for patients experiencing mental and physical fatigue during the holiday season.
  • Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang: This formula is renowned for regulating Qi, harmonizing the stomach, and strengthening the Spleen. It can also be helpful with pain relief. 
  • Bai He Gu Jin Tang: If your patients suffer from lung issues, this formula can be a valuable choice. It helps nourish Lung Yin and clear Lung Heat, providing relief from respiratory discomfort that might be exacerbated by holiday stress.
  • Bao He Wan: This formula is known for its effectiveness in dispersing food and harmonizing the Stomach.

TCM Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Balanced Nutrition: Encourage your patients to maintain a balanced diet during the holidays. Consuming warm, nourishing foods can help sustain their energy levels and reduce the risk of digestive issues. Consider suggesting they add in cinnamon and ginger or other culinary herbs if appropriate.
  • Regular Exercise: Suggest engaging in regular, gentle exercise, such as Qi Gong or Tai Chi. These practices can help improve energy flow, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.
  • Adequate Rest: Emphasize the importance of quality sleep. Encourage your patients to establish a consistent sleep routine, as sufficient rest is essential for emotional balance and vitality.
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation: Promote mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, to help your patients manage holiday stress and stay grounded.

The holiday season can be a demanding time for many, but as acupuncturists and herbalists, you can provide crucial support and guidance to your patients. By leveraging the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can help them manage stress, combat fatigue, and embrace the holiday season with vitality and joy. From specific acupuncture points to herbal formulas and lifestyle recommendations, your expertise in TCM can make a profound difference in your patients’ well-being. So, as the holidays approach, remember that you are not only providing healthcare but also the gift of a balanced and harmonious holiday season.








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