• Annette Hurn

Emotions & Dis-ease


I don't know much about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), except that it's been around for thousands of years, it works, and they use some "interesting" remedies! Another thing I do know about it is that TCM has a body clock that shows you when different body organs are most active e.g. your liver does much of it's detoxing between 1am - 3am, and that our organs have emotions attached to them. Again, using the liver as an example, anger is the emotion that's associated with it. If you have anger issues, have a look at your liver health and how well it's functioning. This could be the key to helping with your anger.

Our emotions are clearly linked with, not only our mental health, but they can also influence our physical health. We'd all be familiar with the saying, "laughter is good for the soul", but going back thousands of years, King Solomon, the wisest man ever to have lived said, "a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones". (Prov 17:22) Even before modern science, with all of its ways of measuring and investigating body processes, the ancient peoples of the earth knew the value of a healthy emotional state.

Our emotions even affect the way our body digests the food we eat....have a read:

An unfortunate accident happened to a fur trapper, Alexis St Martin, in 1822. His gun accidentally discharged and he was left with an horrific wound to his stomach. The army doctor (Dr William Beaumont), stationed in Fort Mackinac, where the accident occurred, didn't expect him to live the night. However, after a number of anaesthetic and antiseptic-free surgeries on Alexis over the course of a number of months, he recovered. He was left with a hole (fistula) in his stomach through his abdominal wall, which consequently left it open to the outside world, so that the inside of his stomach was open to be viewed.

Because Alexis couldn't work in his job anymore, the doctor took him on as a handyman. While he was taking care of the fistula each day, he decided to observe the digestion process taking place in Alexis's stomach, as not too much was really known about digestion in that era.

His observations showed that hydrochloric acid (HCl) was responsible for digesting food in the stomach, and he also observed that digestion slowed down when he (Alexis), was feverish. Another observation that the doctor made was the effect of anger on the process of digestion. He observed that anger slowed digestion.

So, why did I share that story with you?

Because I want you to understand the effects of our emotions on just one of our body systems. Both anger and a fever slowed the digestion process, and are stressors on the body. As I've stated in previous posts, the body cannot differentiate between an emotional, environmental or physical stress. It simply perceives stress and reacts accordingly.

So, while I adhere to the belief that all disease begins in the gut, I've come to realise through personal experience and observation of my clients, that the gut is heavily influenced by our emotional state. If we manage our emotions and thought life well, and deal with stress quickly and efficiently, it should have minimal impact on our gut. Minimal impact our gut should lead to less dis-ease in our body.

And don't forget, it works in the reverse too. If you are unwell after eating something that doesn't agree with you, you are certainly not going to be jumping for joy! There is an intricate and delicate link between your gut and your emotions, as well as your brain.

Bye for now 🙂

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