According to Chinese medicine, every emotion is associated with a specific organ and function of the human body. Accordingly, the most common reasons for illness are negative attitudes and emotions. For example: guilt, hostility, need for attention and fear. Any emotional imbalance can manifest itself in dysfunction of the associated organs.
Diseases develop to indicate this imbalance, to escape from it, and to avoid its consequences. Eastern medicine believes that any malaise tells us to love ourselves. Because by loving ourselves, we let our hearts – not our ego – be the authority that guides us.
Life is not stability. It’s knowing how to keep your balance.
According to Chinese medicine, emotions can lead to illness
According to Chinese medicine, the following emotions are those that can lead to illness:
- Sadness and worry: They stem from disappointment or, in more severe cases, from separation or loss. They mainly affect the lungs. They provoke sluggishness, tiredness, shortness of breath and depression. This is why we need time to accept and overcome our sadness.
- Reluctance: It arises from insecurity and usually weakens the spleen. It is also related to diseases of the chest and shoulders.
- Anxiety: Anxiety affects the stomach and kidneys. Unaccepted, irrational fear has an even broader effect and also leads to problems with the heart and liver.
- Horror : It has a similar effect to fear, but has more serious consequences. It can lead to memory loss, disorientation, fear of heights, palpitations, tremors, sweating, and fainting.
- Anger: It can come in many forms, such as irritability, frustration, envy, and anger. Anger translates into headaches, neck pain, dizziness, and hepatopathies.
“The one who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
The Emotional Significance of Illness
It is important to know the meaning of diseases, because this is how the body expresses itself. All of our emotions and thoughts are registered in our cells. So illnesses are warning signs that indicate something that is not going well.
Below is a summary of the meanings of common diseases. The interpretations given are based on holistic approaches, both on traditional Chinese medicine and on other oriental teachings.
- Allergies indicate a profound fear, such as a fear of turning away help when it is time to become self-employed, or a fear of not getting enough compassion, support, and attention from others.
- The meaning of depression can be found in the conflict between “the ideal” and reality. Also between who we are and who we want to be, what we have and what we want to have.
- Feeling unable to adapt and mentally inflexible can cause arthritis. It is interpreted as a lack of self-confidence and an uncompromising attitude towards life.
- The feeling of inner emptiness is compensated by eating and leads to overweight and obesity. It also results in fear of expressing yourself to others and appearing vulnerable.
- Nervousness is a sign of a lack of internal contact. Everything is viewed very subjectively. Affected people feel insecure and are afraid of being attacked. At the same time, they find it difficult to shed their selfish attitudes.
Emotions can trigger or worsen illness. However, they can also reverse the situation, i.e. lead to healing. For that to happen, you just need to be able to recognize and work with the emotions that are causing the imbalance in your body. In Eastern medicine, awareness of our emotions is of particular importance. This is something western medicine is only just beginning to learn.
Tension is what you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.