In Chinese Medicine, and many other traditional systems of medicine, the mind and body are one. Thoughts create physical states, and physical states affect the mind. Here is a summary of the emotions as they correspond with the 5 elements, organs and meridians.
Wood – Liver & Gallbladder – Anger, Resentment, Indecision
Fire – Heart & Small Intestine – Joy, Vulnerability
Earth – Spleen & Stomach – Worry, Lack of self-confidence, self-esteem
Metal – Lung & Large Intestine – Grief, Stuckness, Sadness
Water – Kidney & Urinary Bladder – Fear, Paralyzed Will
Anxiety is basically a lack of harmony with body and mind, creating an uneasiness, and can be a combination of various emotions that are misaligned. When severe, panic attacks come randomly or under stress. Chinese Medicine calms the nervous system, balances the emotions via allowing blood, nerve, and energy transmission to flow impeded throughout the body. The result is we head off these amplified reactions, and bring a sense of balance and control.
There are many techniques in the natural health field that address the storage of old memories which disrupt our normal processing of emotions. Normally, emotions come and go within 30-60 seconds. However, when the emotional center of the brain contains old unresolved emotional patterns, we can get stuck in the emotions. One such technique, called Neuro Emotional Technique, uses the acupuncture energy meridians and breathwork to access and release old stuck emotions, thus literally helping to free the mind!
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