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This article is dedicated to simply describe the interaction between the emotions and the internal organs according to the principles of Chinese medicine. You will know why you need to regulate the emotional sphere and how internal organs can be affected by your emotions.
In everyday life, we sometimes use body idioms such as "a heart filled by joy," or "butterflies in one's stomach" or "get it off your chest". These expressions were not invented without reason. According to Chinese medicine, each emotion corresponds to specific internal organs. For example: anxiety is in the stomach, which is why students cannot eat anything before an exam or a test. They do not have any appetite at all, and there is a huge concern about the outcome of the examination or test. Due to this reason, some students get gastritis during their education.
Other emotion-organ correspondence:
- Anger is in the liver. People who often become angry have liver disease, fatty hepatosis, liver dystrophy, cholecystitis.
- Thinking is in the spleen. Those who dwell too deeply in thought can experience a number of ailments ranging from lethargy and high blood pressure to cirrhosis (also associated with the liver), paranoia, and blood infections.
- Fear is in the kidneys and bladder, if a person is suddenly frightened, the kidneys respond by causing urination.
- Sorrow is in the lungs. Sometimes when a person is very sad or upset, his breathing cycles are disordered, you can hear deep breaths with long pauses.
- Sadness disrupts the normal activity of the lungs.
- Joy is in the heart, the only positive emotion which corresponds to the heart. But excessive joy can lead to a heart attack.
In Chinese medicine, the human body is considered as a whole system: if the stomach is ill, then the whole body becomes ill. That's why you should choose the treatment for the whole body. Based on the such fundamental principles, Chinese medicine has thousands of years of history. Today, the popularity of Chinese medicine becomes more and more widespread, competing with modern medicine with its high-end equipment.
According to Chinese medicine, based on a system of the first five elements (Wu-Xin), all internal organs interrelate with each other in a specific way and can stimulate or inhibit each other.
The illustration shows that the heart stimulates the stomach and inhibits the lungs, and the heart itself is stimulated by the liver. In turn, the liver inhibits the stomach. When a person feels the joy, his/her heart is working better. This stimulates the stomach to work well, and, as a result, digestive function improves.
The Law of Yin and Yang says that if something has reached its maximum, it turns into its opposite and starts at a minimum. When a person feels excessive joy, the heart begins to oppress the lungs and causes shortness of breath. The mind can control human emotions, and the amount of emotion should be regulated. Avoid redundant emotions, and this can help to maintain balance in your organism. Some say that it would be a very boring life. Everything in Nature seeks balance and harmony, and the human body is not an exception. The proper functioning of internal processes defines health and longeity. Try to control emotions and do not let them manage your life.