Chinese medicine: What anger or sadness can do to your body

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Did you know that mood states like anger or sadness can seriously affect your body? Indeed, according to Chinese medicine, too intense emotions can cause several diseases. Here’s how emotions can affect your body.

Traditional Chinese medicine is a set of theories and practices that focus on the human and the health. This medicine is based on the following principles:

• A philosophical and symbolic basis
• Study the heart, body and mind as a whole
• The health of an organ depends on different factors that are all interrelated
• It is based on the observation of the living

The main purpose of this practice is to maintain good health and prevent disease. Chinese medicine also helps treat various disorders, including digestive, neurological, skin, respiratory, hormonal, emotional …

Moreover, according to this medicine, an emotion must be moderate and stable so that it can not weaken the body and cause diseases. Indeed, when an emotion is too intense or oppressive, the balance is broken and it can hurt the organs and cause diseases.

Generally, there are 5 external causes and 7 internal causes of diseases:
Internal causes, 7 emotions:

• Joy
• Anger
• Anxiety
• Worries
• Sadness
• The fear
• Fright

External causes are cold, humidity, wind, heat and drought. When these climatic conditions are excessive, the body has difficulty supporting them because they attack the mouth, nose or skin. For example, the combination of cold and wind can cause diseases such as colds or flu.

These emotions are each related to 5 organs:
• Anger is related to the liver
• Joy is linked to the heart
• Anxiety is related to the lungs
• The worries are related to the spleen
• Sadness is related to the lungs
• Fear is linked to the kidneys
• Fear is linked to the kidneys

These emotions are also related to 5 elements, because the followers of the Chinese medicine believe that each element, namely the earth, the water, the air, the fire and the metal, is present in the human body:

• Joy is linked to fire
• Sadness and anxiety are related to metal
• Fear and fear are related to water
• The worries are related to the earth
• Anger is related to the air

Therefore, for good health, it is advisable to keep the balance between these elements. Constant anger or fear can affect the liver or kidneys, so it’s important to control our emotional expressions. Here are some signs that may indicate:

• Red eyes: may indicate a liver problem
• Hoarseness: may indicate low energy in the lungs
• The yellowish complexion may indicate anemia and lack of energy in the spleen.

According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are the most important organs and represent the center of body energy. As for the liver, doctors believe that the wind lives in this organ and can at times cause headaches and dizziness.

It is therefore essential to manage your emotions in order to optimize your vitality and prevent the emergence of serious illnesses. Because when they are poorly managed, it can lead to liver and kidney malfunctions, disrupting the blood circulation and the energy of the body.

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