By Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac.
From a Chinese medical point of view the emotions play a big part in a person’s total health and well-being. There are five main emotions considered when diagnosing an illness- anger, joy, worry, sorrow/grief, fear and each emotion is connected to a particular organ system. The environments we live and work in also play a part in supporting our health. When we are surrounded by toxic thoughts and negativity it can have a negative impact on our health and impair our body’s resistance to illness. Even excessive expression of a positive emotion such as “joy” can create an imbalance in our system. Emotions also have a way of “holding” illness in our bodies and this is why in many chronic conditions there is often an emotional element combined with a physical trauma that triggered the illness.
In this age of mass communication and computers we are faced with a whole different set of stressors than in earlier times. Through the media, we can now bring the world at large into our living rooms. Unfortunately, much of the media coverage today focuses on negativity, violence and uncertainty. Every human being is affected by these events on an emotional level and collectively as a society, we are experiencing a range of emotions from anger to anxiety to even joy.
From a biochemical standpoint, the hormone adrenaline is released into the system when faced with stressful situations, putting the body into “high alert”. Over a period of time this too can weaken the immune system and the body’s ability to heal. Conversely, by creating opportunities where the body and mind can relax and rest, the body will have a better chance at establishing balance and wellness.
It is important to keep your energy focused on positive things. Do things that make you happy. Spend time with people you love and be grateful for the blessings in your life. It is also important to include daily exercise –walking, yoga, Tai Chi for example. Get outside and enjoy nature; and remember to breathe deeply. Breathing relaxes and re-energizes the body. These are just a few suggestions- but they will help make positive shifts in your wellness- physically, mentally and emotionally.
Acupuncture has a wonderful balancing effect on the entire body and nervous system. One feels refreshed, relaxed and better able to deal with the daily “stressors” of life. When illness is addressed on all levels including the emotional level, the body has a better chance of recovery.
For more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment with Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac. Call 661-222-9117 Valencia Medical Center