Emotional Health

Emotional Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has linked emotional health to physical health; these ancient theories dictate that you cannot separate one from the other. Acupuncture, herbs, Medical Qi-Gong, and Essential oils are used to balance the emotions and restore good mental and physical health. Much of traditional Chinese medicine is modeled on The Tao; this is an ancient text that translates as “The Way” which reveals good lifestyle practices to achieve a long and healthy life. The goal is to attained harmony through practices that promote both physical and emotional wellness. One would eating and drink in moderation; activity and work would occur during the day and rest at night; one would not overtax the mind with worry or negative emotions. Those who practice the Way are at peace in their heart and feel no fear as they are one with the Way.

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While it was not possible to consider changes that have come with modern lifestyles, the ancient theories relating to emotional balance are still clinically viable. In reality, they are more relevant now than ever as our lives do not follow the changes of the seasons or patterns of nature. One example might be the way that we work at jobs and commute to work; sitting is said to damage the Spleen energetic system and causes greater worry. A constant influx of perceived stressors with modern life is a major contributor to disease during modern times. Combine that with poor dietary habits and little fresh food from the garden, little exercise and time spent in nature, and all of the artificial light disrupting our sleep, emotional imbalances must be addressed along with physical imbalances for true wellness. Consider our organic herbal stress adaptogen formula Enlightened Emperor!

 

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Meditation for Emotional Balance

The first section of the ancient Huangdi Neijing text called the Suwen explains that Heaven has four seasons and five elements, or phases, for generating, growing, gathering in and burying. These relate to the five zang organs which transform Qi in to five emotions when they are not in harmony with the outer world: elation(xi 喜), anger (nu 怒), sadness (bei 悲), oppression (you 憂) and fear (kong 恐). This ancient text explains in great detail how each organ system impacts the others through emotional  and physical imbalances. In reality, no one bodily or psychological issue stands alone; if not tended to, it will impact the other organs of the body like falling dominoes. This ancient Qigong meditation helps to balance the Five Elements and related emotional imbalances according to Chinese medicine.

herb leavesTraditional Techniques for Diagnosing Emotional Imbalances in Chinese Medicine

Observing  
• Eyes
• Facial diagnosis
• Posture and demeanor
• Gestures and reactions
• Behavior 

Listening and smelling
• Voice tone, speed and pronunciation
• Logical or illogical
• Reality or fantasy based beliefs
• Emotional expression
• Smells as related to Five Elements

Inquiring
• Chief complaint associated with Emotions
• Current emotional condition: feeling, emotion, schedule and relationships
• Family history of mental disorders and abuse
• Medicine and side effects considered 

Palpation
• Body reaction
• Tension and muscle strength
• Shake, tremor and contraction
• Temperature
• Moisture
• Skin and deep tissue medical conditions

Other modality
• Activity (in clinical settings)
 Imagination through relaxation
• Conversation on issues
• Mental diagnosis from MDs

These inquiries and observations combined with physical imbalances and illnesses help to form the final Chinese medical diagnosis. In this way we can treat the underlying imbalances and clear past emotional traumas using herbs, essential oils, and acupressure.

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