The value of the emotional heart in Chinese medicine...
The Emotional Heart in Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually
practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the
world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years
based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically
tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly
educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of
internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based
on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal
medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It's foundation is based on
the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and
Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is the Emperor of the
human body. The heart corresponds to the emotion of joy. Regular
expressions of joy and creativity are important for a healthy and
The Heart is looked at as the dominant organ for mental activity. It
is believed that all information is preserved and processed through
Loving or unloving emotions are centered in the heart. When a person
has a heart attack the pain often extends along the arms. This
indicates that both on a physical and emotional level the heart, arms
and hands are linked. The contact point for the heart is the palms of
the hands. The Heart Channel runs along the inside of the arms.
When the emotions become imbalanced, the Spirit can become agitated;
once the Spirit becomes agitated, the whole heart system goes out of
As poetic as this is, true physical signs of agitation, insomnia,
anxiety and the inability to feel joy, can occur. Chest pain, heart
palpitations, an irregular heart beat, excessive dreaming, poor long-
term memory, as well as, psychological disorders are complications of
a heart imbalance.
The heart is said to house the Spirit, otherwise considered The Shen,
in TCM. The Shen refers to the function of processing all incoming
sensory and intuitive information and supervising the body/mind
reaction to it; associated with the heart.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are effective therapies for heart
health. Acupuncture treatments work with herbs to stimulate the
immune response, clear excess heat and rebalance the body's energy. A
heart healthy diet is suggested, as well as, balancing unsettled
emotions, which TCM sees as a source of illness.
Herbal formulations are given internally to treat palpitations, an
irregular heart beat, excessive dreaming and poor long-term memory.
There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the
emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness.
The romantic view of the human heart invokes love transending all
obstacles and unconditional love that truly expands the boundaries of
the human heart. When romantic philosophy speaks of the heart, it
speaks of things that lie at the very center of what it means to be
Open Your Heart!
- The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and
spiritual self is up to you.
-Harvest Unconditional Love... love that does not judge, but
-Positive emotions and attitudes reduce stress and promote a healthy
-Be Humble: be loving and compassionate to all mankind.
Do things in a casual way. Speak softly. Avoid anger. Indulge in