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)

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)

Liver attacks Spleen and Stomach

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

Liver counterattacks Lung

Liver can harm Gall Bladder (Yin Yang paired Organ)

Grief or Sadness - Lung and Metal Element

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

Grief Affecting the Heart

Metal counterattacking Fire

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

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

Harms Liver and Gallbladder

Water not nourishing Wood)

Harms the Heart

Water not controlling Fire

Heart Fire blazes out of control

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

Harms the Kidneys

Son depleting mother; Wood depleting Water

Harms Liver

Gallbladder and Liver are Yin Yang paired organs

Harms the Heart

Wood fails to nourish Fire, Fright unroots the Shen