Hypochondria are a belief that symptoms are signs of a serious illness, even though there is no medical evidence to support the presence of an illness, also known as Hypochondriasis, a type of somatoform disorder, mental illness in which a person has symptoms of a medical illness, but the symptoms cannot be fully explained by an actual physical disorder.
Such people are very much worried about getting a disease or are sure they have a disease, even after medical tests show they do not have any such disease. Further, these people often misinterpret minor health problems or normal body functions as symptoms of a serious disease. The symptoms are not under the person’s voluntary control, and can cause great distress and/or can interfere with a person’s normal functioning.
As such people excessively focus on the self-health, they have an unrealistic fear of having a serious disease. People with hypochondria are not in a place to control their fears and worries. The way people with hypochondria think about their physical symptoms can make them more likely to have this condition. As they focus on and worry about physical sensations, a cycle of symptoms and worry begins, which can be difficult to stop.
It is important to realize that people with hypochondria do not purposely create these symptoms (malingering). They are unable to control the symptoms.
The symptoms they describe can range from general complaints, such as pain or tiredness, to concerns about normal body functions, such as breathing or stomach noises. People with hypochondria are not faking or lying about their symptoms; they truly believe they are sick.
The signs that a person might have hypochondria include:
•The person has a history of going to many doctors. S/he may even “shop around” for a doctor who will agree that he or she has a serious illness.
•The person recently experienced a loss or stressful event.
•The person is overly concerned about a specific organ or body system.
•The person’s symptoms or area of concern might shift or change.
•A doctor’s reassurance does not calm the person’s fears; they believe the doctor is wrong or made a mistake.
•The person’s concern about illness interferes with his or her work, family, and social life.
•The person may suffer from anxiety, nervousness, and/or depression.
People who have a history of physical or sexual abuse are more likely to have this disorder. However, this does not mean that every person with a hypochondria disorder has a history of abuse.
They seek out reassurance from family, friends, or health care providers. They feel better for a short time at most, and then begin to worry about the same symptoms, or about new symptoms.
Symptoms may shift and change, and are often vague. Such people often look at their own body.
Those who are affected may recognize that their fear of having a serious disease is unreasonable or unfounded.
The disorder is usually long-term (chronic), unless psychological factors or mood and anxiety disorders are treated.
But SuJok acupuncture, a powerful tool to cater problems even at emotional level, is enough to give positive results to such people. Otherwise also, when the liver is diseased, it causes pain in the body especially below the ribs on both sides, and then refers to the lower abdomen. As the meridian of the liver supplies the hypochondriac regions, and the liver is externally and internally related with the gallbladder, the occurrence of hypochondriac pain is mostly concerned with disorders of the liver and gall bladder.
The liver is situated in the hypochondriac region. If it is diseased, it will cause hypochondriac pain. The dominant energy of the liver in category of wind prefers to be in a harmonious state with free flow of qi. Emotional depression may restrain the liver function, causing poor circulation of qi in the meridian, often resulting in hypochondriac pain.
If there is any stagnation of energy of the liver or traumatic injuries such as sprain or contusion may cause stasis of blood in collaterals, resulting in hypochondriac pain. Or if there is sprain or strain means deficiency of essence and blood.
Excess energy means stagnation of qi with the main symptoms stifling sensation in the chest, sighing, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, string taut pulse and thin white tongue coating.
Deficient energy means stagnation of blood with fixed stabbing pain in hypochondriac region, intensified by pressure and at night, dark purplish tongue proper, deep and hesitant pulse. It is to be considered if there is lingering dull pain in hypochondriac region, dryness of mouth, irritability, dizziness, blurring of vision, red tongue with little coating, weak, or rapid and thread pulse.
Thus, the SuJok acupuncture is effective to have CURE effect of an ailment. The remission of the disease can be achieved and medicaments’ therapy simultaneously can be reduced or eliminated altogether. The course of treatment is definitely uneventful.
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