Chinese Medicine is an unabashedly psychosomatic medicine for treating hypochondriacs!
Just ribbing you?! Actually, that's what I meant to write.
"Psycho+somatic" = Mind +Body.
And "Hypochondria" literally means, "under the ribs." When folks used to go to the doctor and describe a tight, sharp, knawing sensation under the ribs, the symptom was relegated to fantasy and dismissed as "all in their heads."
Pain under the ribs is a very early, clear symptom of Liver Qi Stagnation. The Liveris responsible for the smooth flow of Qi around the body. When we're stressed out for too long, the smooth flow of Qi gets stuck, often under our ribs, causing honest to goodness hypochondria. It is one of the most common dis-eases. Even English is imbued with the story of stress vs. ease . Untreated, this dis-ease it leads to a myriad of acute and chronic conditions.