In the East, there are believed to be three instances that cause disease. They are known as the internal, external, and mixed factors.
External factors include influences from outside our body like the temperature, natural disasters, etc. Mixed refers to lifestyle influences such as emotional trauma, nutrition, occupational stress, etc. Finally, internal factors refer to the 5 emotions that we will cover in this article.
These 5 Emotions, according to Eastern Medicine, are Fear, Sadness, Worry, Anger, and Joy. They have an effect on how our Viscera and Organs function. Consequently, the responsibility of harmonizing and integrating the balance of Yin and Yang in our bodies falls upon them.
However, they stand for how the Spirit gets modified when faced with certain messages conveyed by our environment. This means that the emotions are not pathogenic by themselves.
But, when there is extreme, brutal, prolonged, or violent stress, these 5 emotions begin to act opposite to the energy circulation direction. As such, the energy circulation gets delayed, obstructed, or even faces deficiencies or excesses.
Emotional stress’ first effect is on circulation and the correct Qi direction. Each of these 5 has a unique impact in this regard:
Aggressiveness is required for human growth and survival. However, when there is extreme aggression it manifests as anger. This emotion can result in internal disharmony which is hardly beneficial. Anger makes the Qi rise, that is, it makes it flow against the proper energy flow. There are several kinds of signs and symptoms that will start appearing in both our organs and the body.
When we are speaking of Joy becoming a cause of disease then we are obviously not talking about a healthy content state. Instead, it is when there is anxiety and excessive excitement. This can cause restlessness, insomnia, palpitations, etc. Furthermore, sometimes joy can excessively consume and disperse our Qi in haphazard directions.
Fixed thoughts cause rigid rules, obsession, and inflexibility. Worry stagnates and arrests the circulation of our Qi. Signs and symptoms will be different depending on the organ it affects. This is the same energy that lets us contemplate will and meditate. However, when it is misguided and excessive, it can generate negative, focused, and constant thoughts which feel “grinding” in our minds.
In its proper form, it lets us connect with ourselves. It is an elaboration of the inherent mutation and impermanence of life. As such, it is not at all an abnormal emotion. However, deep, prolonged sadness that makes us lose touch with reality is very problematic. It is the way to depression. It depletes our Qi, making it deficient. As such, there is decreased breathing and a lessened energy flow in general.
It is one of the most basic emotions. It is extremely important as it lets humans identify dangerous situations and adapt accordingly in order to survive. It acts as a moderator for impulsiveness and forces us to hesitate as we go from intention to action. However, when it is excess, it paralyzes us and makes the Qi turn downward. It results in us becoming dependent, insecure, and lacking the ability to chase down long-term targets.
A Balanced Mind And Harmonized Emotions
When the functions of our Viscera and Organs (particularly those in the thoracic and abdominal cavities) are harmonized, the associated 5 emotions give us the power to make balanced responses to our environment.
However, be careful of mixing up the spiritual and mental life with emotional life. It is absolutely possible that we are excited and active but not overwhelmed by it at the same time.
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