Does depression and anxiety reside within both your body and your mind?
“I am a great believer in the mind – body connection and have for quite some time implemented this way of treating patients as a whole person and not just treating the symptoms that they present with. Emotions that are unexpressed and unresolved often manifest within the body, eventually causing dis-ease.
I am not expecting you to believe in this but to just consider this model for a while.
I would like to offer you some insight into how certain emotions could possibly affect certain organs within your body. Please take the time to read this article and allow your self to digest the information and let me know what your thoughts are by submitting a comment in the box below or if you prefer simply click on the facebook like button and help spread the word…”
In the Taoist tradition, positive and negative emotions are associated with the internal organs. One of the keys to good health is to become aware of the emotional energies that reside in the organs, and to transform the negative emotional energies into positive virtues.
Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love, gentleness, kindness, respect, honesty, fairness, justice, and righteousness. Unfortunately, as we mature and encounter more stress in our daily lives, negative emotions such as fear, anger, cruelty, impatience, worry, sadness, and grief often predominate. The negative emotions have deleterious effects on the internal organs and glands, draining our life-force and undermining our health.
The 5 major organ systems and their associated emotions and properties.
The heart and small intestine are associated with the negative emotions of arrogance and hate and the positive virtues of kindness and love. Recent scientific research shows that feelings of love and appreciation strongly influence the heart’s rhythm and its relationship to the body’s physiological systems
The lungs, skin and large intestine are associated with the negative emotions of sadness and depression, and the positive virtues of courage and righteousness. Emotional depression is often recognized by a physical depression and collapse of the chest and lungs.
The kidney, ears and bladder are associated with the negative emotion of fear and the positive emotions of gentleness and kindness. Fear is closely related to the activity of the adrenal glands that lie on top of the kidneys. The adrenal glands secret adrenalin and noradrenalin when stimulated by the body’s fight-or-flight response.
The liver, eyes and gallbladder are associated with the negative emotion of anger and the positive emotions of generosity and forgiveness. Physiologically, the liver is important for storing and rapidly releasing glucose into the blood. The energy of anger requires the rapid availability of metabolic energy stores in the body.
The stomach, spleen and pancreas are associated with the negative emotions of worry and anxiety and the positive emotions of fairness and openness. Most people will be familiar with the “butterflies” and “knots” in the stomach related to worry, apparently related to a network of neurons and neurotransmitters in the sheaths of tissue lining the digestive system, known as the enteric nervous system (Gershon, 1998).
Source: Universal Tao Center, Thailand.
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Dawn Pugh MBACP _ NCSAG
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