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Your organs are tied to your emotions. Yup, you read that right. Sadness, anger, worry and even fear are all associated to a specific organ in your body.
Think about it. Have you ever felt so sad that you couldn’t breathe, or so defeated that your heart just felt heavy? There’s a reason why, and it’s rooted, of course, in ancient medicinal practices and the holistic body.
Emotional stress can start to take a toll on your body, while not taking care of your body can lead right back to emotional dysfunction.
Other factors at play that can lead to imbalance include diet, environment, lifestyle and hereditary conditions.
Your heart influences vitality and spirit by pumping blood and creating an even and regular pulse. When imbalanced, you can feel a lack of enthusiasm, mental restlessness, depression and insomnia.
You might have heart palpitations, an irregular heartbeat, excessive dreaming and poor long-term memory. The heart is connected with the tongue, complexion and arteries.
Your lungs create energy out of air and distribute it throughout the body, working with the kidneys to regular water metabolism. Not only are your lungs vital to your immune system to resist viruses and bacteria, they also regulate sweat glands and moisturize the skin.
Grief, sadness and feelings of detachment are all associated with the lungs. An imbalance in this area could include shortness of breath or shallow breathing, excess sweating, fatigue, coughing, allergies, asthma, dry skin, depression and frequent illness (such as cold or flu).
Your liver helps the smooth flowing of energy and blood throughout the body. It regulates bile secretion, stores blood and is connected to the tendons, nails and eyes.
This organ can be related to emotions of anger, resentment, frustration, irritability or bitterness. Symptoms include breast distention, menstrual pain, headaches, irritability, sudden anger, dizziness, tendonitis, dry or red eyes and other eye conditions.
Your kidneys are vital to sustaining life. They are responsible for reproduction and growth. They are connected to the lungs, as well as the bones, teeth, ears and the hair on your head.
If your kidneys are weak, you could feel emotions of fearfulness, weak willpower, insecurities, aloofness and isolation. If you have an imbalance in this area, symptoms include frequent urination, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, lower back pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, premature grey hair, hair loss and osteoporosis.
Your spleen is directly linked to emotions of worry, as well as dwelling or focusing too much on something. This organ is vital to digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It keeps blood in the blood vessels to create energy and is connected to the muscles, mouth and lips.
The spleen is involved in your thinking and memory, so an imbalance includes things like feeling tired, loss of appetite, poor digestion, diarrhea, easy bruising and weak muscles.
So, having read all that, have you checked in with yourself lately?
Articles consulted for this blog post:
- Organs and emotions: the question of metaphor
- Emotions and mental health in Chinese people
- Seven emotions generation and five Zang-organs regulation machanism
- The influence of the emotions on respiration
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