(The information in this article was taken from my book - "Superior Health : The Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way").
We all know that what enters the mind from our interactions with other people and the world can cause us to have certain emotional responses. When we see injustice on the news we may become angry, or when we see others suffering we may become sad and so forth.
But did you know that the internal workings of our organs can also be responsible for generating emotional states ?
Well simply, they can. Every organ can cause our minds to be more susceptible to different feelings and patterns of behaviour.
In this article, we will examine three such states – fear, anger and sadness. We will see how unhealthy organs as opposed to external life events outside of the human body may be creating or encouraging them.
We will start with fear. In the West it is often assumed that when one is fearful it is a character flaw; that someone is choosing to be weak, feeble and cowardly. Whereas when someone is brave, they are portrayed as a hero and are to be admired. Some of this behaviour is indeed their character, but in many cases it is merely just a reflection of the health and functioning of their hormonal system, particularly the power of their adrenal glands.
However if your adrenals have become weak and drained, they will be unable to deliver these boosting hormones when you need them. You will find the heart and mind can then become unsteady, which may under pressure and stress cause fast heartbeats, palpitations, shortness of breath, nervousness, anxiety, fear, jumpiness, panic attacks, inability to cope, light headedness and even fainting.
One of the many functions of the liver is to store blood and release it into the rest of the body as it is required to do more physical or mental activity.
For example if you are working out in a gym your muscles will require additional blood during the exercise. A body builder working the bicep muscles in his arms would actually see them enlarge in size as they are filled with extra blood during the work out. They get this extra supply of blood from the liver.
When the brain comes under stress it too requires extra blood to use as fuel to help it work through whatever situation it faces.
The problem arises when the liver is over worked and therefore likely to be overheating. It will then start to release hot blood into your body and up into the brain.
Now some simple characteristics of heat are expansion and increased activity. On a molecular level, we see molecules move more, thus requiring more space as they are heated. You can see this reaction if you think about how water expands and starts to move violently as it is heated to boiling point.
When your liver has over heated your blood, this hot blood rushes up into your head and causes pressure inside your skull. If you become angry, you will often notice feelings of heat. As this intensifies the feelings can become like a pressure cooker wanting to explode, this is often vented from the body through the emotion of rage.
All our common expressions clearly associate anger with heat – hot headed, fiery tempered, burning with rage, letting off steam, ready to burst, his blood was boiling and so on. Visually you can even witness the heat in an angry person as their face starts to turn red and in extremes veins may even bulge and throb in their foreheads.
So if you have an unbalanced and hot liver, you can expect emotionally to have more unwanted feelings of frustration, aggression, irritability, snappiness, anxiety, anger and even rage in your life.
Finally we come to sadness. There are three principle systems involved in depression and sadness in the mind. They are the heart, lungs and digestive organs. If any of these become weak it will lead to a mind depleted in nutrients and energy, which produces a lack of positive mood and joy.
The impacts of these organs on the brain are quite obvious as soon as you start to think about them in a logical way.
Air acts like a stimulant. It provides energy and power. If the lungs are unable to intake and push adequate oxygen into the blood stream, both the mind and the physical body will start to tire and become sluggish, and your mood will begin to drop.
If the heart is weak and is unable to steadily pump sufficient blood and oxygen into the brain, the mind and mood will again plummet as they do not receive the required amount of fuel to keep them strong.
And if the digestive system is unable to successfully break down and absorb nutrients from food; then our blood will become empty of rich nutrients and the lack of these will leave the brain undernourished and without energy and power to keep your spirits up.
This blog is a brief introduction to make you more aware of how weaknesses in your internal organs can be making your mind and mood behave in often unwelcome ways. It reinforces that to have happiness in your life, it is not just important to work on creating good social communications and a positive environment, but it is also very necessary to have health in your organs and physical body.
If you keep following my blog, I will eventually teach you all about how you can manipulate your physical state through diet and lifestyle to reduce heat in your liver or to build up your hormonal system and so forth. I will show you how to strengthen your organs, to prevent them from impacting on your mind and mood, and instead to empower them to maximize the potential for real joy and happiness in your life.
If you have issues that require immediate attention and you live in Leixlip, Lucan, Celbridge, Maynooth or Dublin then feel free to contact my clinic - The Leixlip Chinese Medicine Clinic. And I will try my best to resolve any problems you have.