Emotions impact the physical.

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Emotions impact the physical.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy, emotions, and physical health are intricately connected. Meaning, the wellness of one, cannot exist without the wellness of the other.

For example; excessive fear (emotion or energy) can cause an imbalance in the kidneys (physically). Whilst poor kidney health (physically) can cause fear (the emotion or energy) to arise. In this modern world, people often experience physical symptoms without sensible explanations. Here is where TCM is wise: by taking a look at the whole system for cause and effect.

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five basic emotions linked to a corresponding organ in the body:

  • Anger links to the liver
  • Joy links to the heart
  • Worry links to the spleen
  • Sadness and grief links to the lung
  • Fear links with the kidney

The five elements: how does it correlate to YOUR body?

Five elements theory, is a framework that’s been used for at least 2400 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to explain how we’re influenced by the world and weather around us, and how the organs of the body interact with each other. Importantly, these five elements help explain the physiology and pathology of our body. When we understand what element (or mix of) that we are, we can understand innate strengths, weaknesses and curate a lifestyle more conducive to our inherent constitutions (or that which we are experiencing at the time).

The essential elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

The Wood Element

Organ: Liver, Gall Bladder

Emotion: Anger

The Fire Element

Organ: Heart, Small Intestine

Emotion: Joy

The Earth Element

Organ: Spleen, Stomach

Emotion: Worry

The Metal Element

Organ: Lung, Large Intestine

Emotion: Grief

The Water Element

Organ: Kidney, Bladder

Emotion: Fear

Would you like discover which element you may be and understand your health on a deeper level?

Here is our blog on the 5 Elements in depth.

Yours in TCM,

By 36.