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Originally posted on Hands-of-Faith Holistic Healing Centers® Blog:
Emotions, of themselves, are not a problem. Everyone experiences a range of emotional feeling throughout their lives: Sadness, anger, joy, worry and so forth. They are a natural part of our embodied experience and a normal response to our environment. They are neither positive nor negative. They only become problematic when they are notably intense and excessive and, especially, when prolonged over a long period of time, without expression or acknowledgment. Everyone feels anger at times, but it is normally a strong, but short-lived, response to a direct and immediate stimulus. It is when anger is sustained for months or years that it becomes an endogenous cause of disease.
In the view of Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM), mind and body are interconnected and inseparable. Therefore, extreme emotions can not only cause a disharmony in the functioning of the internal organs of the body but imbalanced organ functions can cause a specific, exaggerated emotional affect. It can be reassuring to realize that body and mind are interrelated — to know that one’s emotional state has a physical basis, or that distressing physical symptoms may be caused by an emotional state. To see this relationship clearly is helpful in deciding upon an effective course of action to restore harmony to body/mind.
The Seven Dragons
According to the Neijing (the main canonical text of Chinese medicine) the seven emotions, or Internal Dragons, are Anger, Joy, Worry, Rumination (Pensiveness), Sadness (Grief), Fear and Shock. These should not be interpreted too narrowly as they are broad categories under which many other related emotions can be included. Each emotion affects the organs primarily through their effect on Qi, and different emotions affect Qi differently. Most emotions, either repressed or prolonged excessively, cause Qi to stagnate. This disruption to the normal flow of Qi typically will eventually cause internal Fire, just as the temperature of a gas rises when its pressure is increased.