The Heart = The Emperor
In Chinese medicine the heart is compared to the Emperor – it is the most important organ in the body. This makes sense from the traditional medicinal point as well; but from a mechanical point of view: once the heart stops beating, then every other function in the body will stop as well.
One important aspect that Chinese medicine acknowledges: the heart processes feelings and therefore can affect physiological functions as well.
This is one of the reasons I love Chinese medicine because it is truly mind-body medicine. As my patients know, we talk quite a bit before proceeding to the Acugraph or pulse exam. The Heart and the feelings a person is experiencing influences the outcome of the Acugraph exam and pulses in terms of speed, depth and other characteristics.
We all know how grief can cause a restriction in our chest and a “broken heart” can truly affect the energy meridians connected to the heart and lungs.
A great way to keep your heart healthy is to get some “Vitamin L”, aka laughter. Experience hoy in moderate amounts and manage negative emotions and feelings with exercise, nutritious food and regular health maintenance routines, such as acupuncture, reflexology, massage, chiropractic adjustments, etc.
“One joy dispels a hundred cares” as Confucius says!