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[SOLVED] What Emotion Is Connected To The Spleen?

Emotions only become a cause of disease when they’re excessive, prolonged or both as mentioned above 🤓 Although they’re a definite cause of it, they also have a healthy counterpart 🙌 The same mental energy that produces and ‘nurtures’ excessive emotions can be used and directed towards creative and fulfilling aims 🔥 Each emotion as a cause of a disease is only one side of the coin. The other side is a mental energy that pertains to the relevant organ, be it the liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, heart, small intestine, large intestine and lungs. For example the same mental and affective qualities of the liver, which may give rise to anger and resentment over many years, can be harnessed and used for very creative mental development, because a healthy liver/gallbladder network’s functions, manifest in a good balance of firmness and flexibility, assertiveness, decisiveness, creativity and commitment to growth and development. [1]
Anger affects the Liver whose main role is to ensure the smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. It also stores blood, which again, for women is important for ensuring a pain-free, regular cycle. The Liver is also expressed through the strength of the tendons, hair, nails, as well as the eyes. The effect anger has on the body depends on how it is processed: whether it is bottled up or expressed outward by yelling, for example. Overall, anger causes the Liver Qi to stagnate and fester, leading to poor circulation and/or the generation of internal “heat” (think: redness, a rising dynamic, agitation). (we thank Judea Alford from New York City, United States for telling us about this). [2]
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Thechalkboardmag.com goes on to explain that excitement/mania is the main emotion of the heart. When someone experiences highs that are too taxing, they burn out their nervous system. Symptoms of palpitations, insomnia, unclear thinking or excess risk taking may be the expression if someone is running manic. Mania is more common than people think, because most people consider the term emotional with someone who’s running sad or low. Mania on the outside just seems like this person is very happy and excited about their life and cant relax their mind or they may be just the type of person who can’t stop talking and falling off the deep end during conversation. Obviously, balance is everything; with the highs, you also want to experience calmness in life as well. Calmness will counter balance this and relax the heart. [3]
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Shareka Leal from encircleacupuncture.com, mentions how people are hurting right now. We’ve heard it from you and we see it on the news and in our social media feeds. We’ve borne witness to police brutality and violence against Black individuals. A desperately needed national conversation on racism is starting to happen, and it’s painful. We’re mourning the loss of over 100,000 lives in this country and 400,000 globally from COVID-19. We’re physically isolated from one another and adjusting to new dynamics at work, school, and in our families. There are many reasons to feel overwhelmed emotionally, so we’re offering one perspective in the hope that you will find some comfort or insight in it. We hope it’s helpful. We’re here for you. (credit to Jaclynn Cavanaugh from Concepcion, Chile for their response). [4]
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Grief is the emotion of the lungs and the large intestine, organs associated with the metal element. Loss of any kind will often trigger a cold, a feeling of being energetically drained, and difficult bowel function. Grief can stay with us for a while, and can go unresolved until we decide to release it. When grief is unresolved and becomes chronic, depression and an inability to ‘let go’ of things can arise from this lung Qi Deficiency. This could eventually interfere with lung function and oxygen circulation. Since our lungs control the flow of energy in our bodies, it’s important that we give ourselves space to deal with painful events rather than stifling them! [5]
Starting with the metal element, grief and melancholy injure the lungs. We noted that these emotions consume qi; they dissolve and diffuse qi. Melancholy is defined as pensive sadness. It is a sorrowfulness involving deep and serious thought; for this reason, this type of sadness overlaps with worry because it involves overconcentrated thinking. As a result, melancholy affects the spleen as well as the lungs. The effects of these emotions on the spleen may cause digestive disorders including loss of appetite, loose stools, weight loss, anorexia, epigastric pain, abdominal or epigastric distention, or constipation. From a five elements perspective, the son is sick and therefore drains the mother; metal damages earth. (nice one to Fatima Marion from Huaihua, China for letting us know). [6]

Article References

  1. https://www.shineholistic.co.uk/blog/understanding-our-emotions-and-how-they-manifest-in-the-body/
  2. https://empowerchiroacu.com/empowered-living-blog/physical-effects-of-emotions
  3. https://thechalkboardmag.com/know-strange-connection-organs-emotions
  4. https://encircleacupuncture.com/the-emotions-and-traditional-chinese-medicine/
  5. https://www.sakara.com/blogs/mag/116573893-the-root-of-emotional-imbalance-according-to-your-organs
  6. https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Blog/2020-seven-emotions
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