Sighing on any level is not normal. I even hear children sighing now which shows the times we are living in. They are under stress. Do you or someone you know frequently sigh? In TICM, even the most seemingly inconsequential notions from the body are significant clues to what it needs.
Sighing is a long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.
Sighing is a natural biological process which bypasses our conscious brain altogether. According to researchers of Stanford and UCLA, the mechanisms connecting emotion and conscious sighing are still not fully known, however it is known that emotions and stress can have an effect. Research has also shown that when people sigh it comes from a place of disappointment and frustration.
According to TICM, sighing is related to our Liver and more specifically to Liver energy (Qi) stagnation.
Liver energy stagnation is when the energy of the Liver system does not flow as easily and freely as it should. Liver energy is responsible for the smooth flow of vital energy, Blood and emotions through the entire body and the free flow of Blood which provides fluids and nourishment for the entire body. When this is disrupted, we can feel easily angered, sad or hot headed. Sighing is a cue from your Liver that it requires some attention.
To help smooth Liver energy flow, you can use Liver formula’s to harmonise the function of Liver and Spleen, as a disrupted Liver usually results in Stomach imbalances like IBS, belching, bloating, digestive problems, migraines, headaches, tinnitus, floaters, etc.
Make sure to eat a warming breakfast, take time to express yourself creatively, use tools like meditation and deep breathing, and go to bed early no later than 10pm. Do not eat too many greasy, spicy, fried, or oily foods and avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.