Did You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

Do You Know How To Stop Being Irritated?

How to stop being irritated

How to stop being irritated
How to treat being irritated

Do you have such symptoms?

  • Suddenly, you are getting irritated by something you didn’t care about before
  • You are irritated when things don’t go as expected 
  • You are frustrated with a bit thing

If you have one of these signs, please read this blog because I want to discuss how to stop being irritated.

The Causes of Irritability

The cause of irritability is from the lack of the happy hormone, which is called Serotonin.

Serotonin is a hormone that manages your mood, and your body secrets it when you are so pleasant.

It calms your mind, and sometimes we call it a “happy hormone.” 

This happy hormone controls a stress hormone, which is called Noradrenaline.

But, there is a particular time your happy hormone decreased, such as lack of sleep, before and during menopause.

Thus, you will need the hormone to manage the stress.   

When does your happy hormone decrease?

Lack of sleep

Lack of Sleep triggers being irritation
Lack of Sleep triggers being irritation

Your Serotonin secretes and stores during the daytime. It will be the switch to Melatonin at night.

But, if you lack sleep, you can’t manage and use these hormones, and you can’t sleep even more.

Thus, it makes the negative cycles, and eventually, you will get irritated.  


PMS is one of the major reasons to be irritated
PMS is one of the significant reasons to be irritated

Before the period, your female hormone (Estrogen) level decreases.

When a reduction in the female hormone engaged in the production of Serotonin can lead to a deficiency of Serotonin.

It can lead to uncontrolled emotions and irritability.

That is why you get irritated for no reason during the PMS.  


For women around 50’s, they turn to the stage of menopause.

At this time, your estrogen level decreases significantly, leading to a deficiency of serotonin production.

So that is another factor that you are irritated, anxious, depressed, etc.  

How to stop being irritated by a lack of Serotonin? 


Eating helps producing happy hormone
Eating helps to produce happy hormone

We produce Serotonin in the brain, but it requires the essential amino acid called Tryptophan as its material.

Tryptophan is turned to as Serotonin in the brain during the day and Melatonin, promoting sleep at night.

Therefore, a lack of tryptophan can cause insomnia and poor sleep quality.

However, the human body cannot make it by itself.

Hence, we have to get it from the diet.

What kind of food contains Tryptophan?

Tryptophan-rich food like Tofu help stop being irritated
Tryptophan-rich food like Tofu help stop being irritated

 Tryptophan-rich food is mainly 

  • Soybean products such as tofu, natto, miso, and soy sauce 
  • Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt 
  • Grains such as rice 
  • Sesame, peanuts, eggs, and bananas

Other Remedies for irritability

There are other things you can do to increase Serotonin and calm your stress to reduce irritability. 


Yoga helps improving PMS symptoms, including irritability
Yoga helps improving PMS symptoms, including irritability

Doing yoga help improve PMS symptoms, such as balancing hormones and using aromas to calm the mind.

It would be even more uplifting if you get advice from a professional yoga instructor.

Take a bath with Essential Oil.

Taka a bath with Essential Oil is a good idea for your mood
Take a bath with Essential Oil is a good idea for your mood

Soaking your body in the tub instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your mood.

Why don’t you take a bath in about 100 °F of the water? It’s a good idea to add essential oil such as lavender or camomile to it to relax your body.  

The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation.

Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.


Going for a walk helps changing your mood
Going for a walk helps to change your mood.

Going out and walking is a good chance of mood with a moderate visual stimulus.

If you like shopping, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and walk around or take a walk with your dog.

Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine for stop being irritated
Traditional Chinese Medicine for stop being irritated

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we treat irritability with a different approach.

When you get irritated, we call that your Liver energy (Qi) doesn’t go through and stagnate like a balloon.

You can see this condition more in women because they have menstruation, lifestyle, characters, etc.

And, emotional depression due to mental stress is a cause of many other illnesses. 

According to Chinese medicine theory, stasis of qi causes blood stasis (stasis), resulting in systemic dysfunction like chest tightness and pain.

In addition, liver energy quickly affects on stomach (digestive system); it affects the digestive system, causing burping, acid reflux, low appetite, etc. 

Liver Qi Stagnation

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Emotional instability
  • Headaches
  • Breast Distension
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular menstruation

How to stop being irritated by Chinese medicine

Acupuncture Points


LV3 helps soothing Liver Qi Stagnation for stop being irritated
LV3 helps soothing Liver Qi Stagnation

Location: In front of the first and second toes. This point is where the big toe and 2nd toe bones meet.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves soothing stress. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, and eyes. 


LI4 helps stop being irritated
LI4 helps stop being irritated

Location: With the back of the hand facing up, LI4’s site is between thumb and index finger bones in the depression.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves energy flow and releases tensions. Because this point manages your nervous systems, so it helps reducing stress and irritability.  

Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated

Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated
Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated

Xiao Yao San

The formula is a basic classical formula to regulate and harmonize the energy of the liver and spleen.

It is an excellent formula for menstrual and premenstrual disorders such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, emotional instability, hot flashes, irregular menstruation, etc.  

Jia Wei Xiao Yao San

This formula is a modification of Xiao Yao Wan, and it is for easing liver Qi stagnation and promote the flow of energy.

It is also helpful for liver Qi stagnation with heat signs like hot flashes, anger, and constipation.   


In conclusion, being irritated can be caused by a lack of happy hormones from a western perspective and Liver energy imbalance from an eastern perspective.

Firstly, please understand the causes of being irritated.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your frustration goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Did You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

Do You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

How TCM Sees Hot Flashes in Menopause and Its treatment

Are you suffering from frequent hot flashes because of menopause?

The symptom is prevalent among older women between 45 and 55 years of age. Besides the hot flashes, if you experience night sweats, virginal dryness, sleeping difficulty, mood swing, and loss of sex drive, you are more likely to be having menopause disorder.

Don’t feel alone if you are experiencing the symptoms because, according to a study, 85 % of postmenopausal women have experienced a menopause-related symptom in their lifetime.

The frequency and the duration of hot flashes are different for people, but they should be the lowest possible. In general, hot flashes in menopause can keep for 5 to 10 years.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s point of view, menopause disorder is primarily caused by an imbalance of yin and yang in your body, called “Yin Deficiency.” “Yin Deficiency” is the state where yin(a negative side) is losing its power, but yang( a positive side) remains its power, and the imbalance makes heat in your body. 

Here’re four types of yin yang states in which you probably see yourself if you suffer from hot flashes. Each class has different symptoms and different advice.   

Type1 (Yin Deficiency Fire) for hot flashes:

Symptoms: hot flashes on the upper body, red face, sweaty, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in ears, sleep disorder, feeling heavy body, thirsty, red tongue, and little tongue moss.

・Avoid spicy and fried food, spices, ginger.
・Recommended food: sesame, honey, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, lotus seeds.
・Drink jujube tea or goji berry tea
・Press “LV3” pressure point (See the picture below) 3 mins before sleep

Type 1 for hot flashes - Yin Deficiency Fire

Type2 (Yin & Yang Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes on upper body, sweaty, slim/slender, anxiety, numb on hands and feet, sleep disorder

The treatment is quite tricky if you are this type, so you are better off visiting an acupuncturist near you to get the proper advice. You may be seeing improvements by changing your diet and trying natural Chinese herbs.

Here are some natural remedies:
・Recommended food: peanuts, walnuts, yams, lamb & mutton, and ginger
・Drink goji berry, jujube tea, and lotus tea
・Pressing “UB23” pressure point in the morning for 3 mins

Type 2 for hot flashes - Yin & Yang Deficiency

Type3 (Qi & Yin Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes in the evening, red cheeks, shortness of breath, cold intolerance, night sweats, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, tongue with teeth marks

・Belly breathing for 5 – 10 mins twice after waking up and before going to bed
・Recommended food and beverage: mushrooms, yams, goji berry tea, ginseng tea with honey, etc.
・Pressing “Zusanli” pressure point three times a day

Type 3 for hot flashes - Qi & Yin Deficiency

Type4 (Heart & Spleen deficiency):

Symptoms: irritation, dizziness, sleep disorder, waking up middle of nights, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale face, dark color of a tongue but the light color of tongue moss

・Avoid food that makes your body cool, such as tomatoes, bananas, cucumbers, crabs.
・Refrain from spicy, fried, cold, and raw food.
・Eat meat(beef, chicken, pork), yams, rice, jujube
・Pressing “Zusanli”, “Sp10”, “UB23 UB21”  acupressure points

Type 4 for hot flashes - Heart & Spleen Deficiency

Even if you try natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, you may want to try natural Chinese herbs. We can help you find an effective Chinese herb for your hot flashes in menopause.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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Sayonara till next post.

About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist. 

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