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Causes of Illness - 7 Emotions

The Seven Emotions in Chinese Medicine

Emotional related diseases factors, which effect the organ associated with the emotion as well as organs that have a Five Element relationship with that elements emotion.

The Seven Emotions are:

Joy (Over-excitement, Manic) - Heart and Fire Element

Slows the Qi - Fear controls Joy (Water controls Fire)

  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Unclear Thinking
  • Mania, Disturbed Shen (possibly manic, risk-taking)
  • Heart Attack

Example: Migraine headache caused by sudden joy from receiving good news.

Anger (Rage, Resentment, Frustration) - Liver and Wood Element

Makes Qi Ascend - Grief controls Anger (Metal controls Wood)

  • Vertex Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry Vision
  • Blood Pressure is Raised
  • Stroke
  • Internal Wind (trembling from anger or an onset of Wind symptoms such as a seizure)
  • Pain in the Costal Region Especially in the Liver

Liver attacks Spleen and Stomach

  • Spleen Qi Xu
  • Rebellious Stomach Qi
  • Bleeding

a. Nosebleeds common because Qi is ascending
b. Vessels Burst Because Spleen is Weak

Liver counterattacks Lung

  • Asthma

Liver can harm Gall Bladder (Yin Yang paired Organ)

  • Inability to make decisions (I'm so angry, I can't think straight)

Grief or Sadness - Lung and Metal Element

Weakens, Depletes, or Dissolves the Qi - Joy Controls Grief (Fire controls Metal)

  • Tightness in the Chest (SOB)
  • Excessive Crying
  • Asthma
  • Frequent Colds and Flu (Wei Qi is weakened)
  • Skin problems

Grief Affecting the Heart

  • Zong Qi is weakened affecting Heart

Metal counterattacking Fire

  • Circulation Becomes Impaired

Worry and Pensiveness - Spleen and Earth Element

Stagnates or Knots the Qi - Wood controls Earth (Anger controls Worry and Pensiveness)

Harms the Heart

Son depleting the Mother, and ultimately the Shen

  • Palpitations
  • Spleen Qi Deficiency
  • Heart Blood Deficiency

Fright (Terror, Shock) - Gallbladder and Wood Element

Fright Confuses or Scatters the Qi - Grief controls Fright (Metal controls Wood)

Note: There is a difference between fear and fright: Fright: startling, scared by things that are present. Fear: deeper, more chronic; scared by things not present

  • Indecisive
  • Confused
  • Lack Courage

Harms the Kidneys

Son depleting mother; Wood depleting Water

  • Long-term fright turns to fear (child abused once causes fright; ongoing abuse leads to fear of when it will happen again)

Harms Liver

Gallbladder and Liver are Yin Yang paired organs

  • become angry at what frightened us (a mother becomes angry with a child that loves to startle her as a joke)

Harms the Heart

Wood fails to nourish Fire, Fright unroots the Shen

Fear - Kidneys and Water Element

Makes Qi Descend - Concentration and thinking controls Fear (Earth Controls Water)

Note: Less sudden, more chronic and internal than fright

Kidneys are weakened when living in fear

  • might lose bladder control

Harms Liver and Gallbladder

Water not nourishing Wood)

  • Depression
  • Indecisive
  • Confused
  • Lack Courage

Harms the Heart

Water not controlling Fire

Heart Fire blazes out of control

  • anxiety, restlessness