Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Mind/Body Connection – Feelings and Chronic illness

If you are a naturopath or one in training then it is likely you that you understand that the very simple question, “How are you feeling?” can be very loaded question for people who are sick because an accurate answer would likely be so complex.

Emotions like laughter and joy can be uplifting and healing, while emotions like fear or bitterness can be toxic and destructive. When clients get angry or depressed it affects the nervous system and weakens the immune system. Mesotherapy training helps practitioners be more aware of these connections.

Ancient healing practices suggest that there are certain emotions that make their home in certain organs in the body.  This is an integral part of Chinese medicine.
The theory is that energy travels through specific pathways beneath the skin surface called meridians.  When negative emotions are experienced, there is either an overabundance of energy, a depletion of energy, or it gets blocked altogether. This causes illness.

Emotions Associated With Physical Organs

One of the great things about mesotherapy and the art of acupuncture science it is based on is that it can help your client feel better on all levels – physical, emotional and even etheric.

Here is breakdown of the equivalences of emotions to organs based on a very general ancient Chinese practices:

Emotion                                              Organ
Worry                                                  Lung, stomach
Fear                                                    Kidneys, bladder
Anger                                                 Gall bladder, liver
Grief                                                    Heart, lungs
Lack of acceptance                          Pancreas, spleen, colon lungs
Sadness                                            Heart, small intestine
Guilt                                                    Stomach, heart
Financial burden                              Upper back lungs
Lack of support                                 Lower back

Problems usually manifest emotionally before they do physically. Once physical problems appear it is an indication that we are in real trouble.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, all health issues are due to an energy imbalance. Chronic problems sometimes come from decades of emotional repression and irregular energy flow through the meridians.

Symptoms that our lives and particularly stress might be getting too much for us include fatigue, weakness, headaches and constipation. These tell us that the flow of energy is being blocked in our body.

Feelings Affect Wellness Levels

It is also really true that sorrow can cause a broken heart! Deep feelings such as sorrow, pain and loss can actually put a physical strain on the heart. They can also cause stress and weaken the immune system. The heart functions abnormally and creates the physical sensation of pain in the chest. Too much of this continued stress can prompt a heart attack.

When the energy channels between the brain and the cells in an organ become blocked, the signal from the brain does not get to the cells in that organ with the command to empty the waste product. A cell containing energy or biochemical waste gets toxic and swells, causing the organ to stop functioning optimally.

What appears as a mental or emotional imbalance can eventually make its physical appearance in our body as an ailment. This is why we accept the idea today that stress and negative thinking can put us in an early grave.

As you begin to explore the connection between thoughts emotions, and body you will be better able to help your clients and both intuitively and practically decide what to do so they can experience maximum wellness.

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