From a traditional acupuncture perspective, anger is an explosion of energy like a volcano. For some people the volcano erupts really quickly. For others it takes quite a time but when the volcano does erupt, it is a massive eruption. From that perspective anger is a natural response – it is not an unnatural others or oneself. The continued indulging in the release of anger can cause a very deleterious or erosive action in the body whereby the individual can run themselves quite dry of energy and leave themselves quite vulnerable. From a traditional acupuncture perspective, it is not just about releasing the anger – it’s about addressing the fundamental cause of the anger. If we harken back to the Yin and Yang principle, we will see that the Yin is the cooling element, calming, restful, gentle, feminine principle while the Yang is the boisterous, extravert, dynamic, active and the day principle. From this perspective then, anger is the diminishing of the Yin – the cooling, nutrient, restive principle – and an excessive amount of the Yang – the active, vital, vitriolic or expressive energy that results from there being insufficient coolant. The Yin energy is like the parent supervising the child and the Yang is like the energetic child. When they are in balance, they operate as a very functional unit and they are able to negotiate life constructively within the human context. Yes, acupuncture can help to release anger but more like in a pressure valve situation that allows release in a controlled manner so that it does not cause distress to the individual harbouring the anger or others that might suffer from their angry outbursts.