How Your Organs and Emotions Relate

07 February, 2019
It's always advisable to try and keep your emotions under control for the sake of your mental health. Believe it or not, your internal organs can be affected by your emotional state.

Have you ever wondered how your emotional state can affect your body’s organs and how your organs and emotions relate?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, our body reacts naturally to each stimulus, whether external or interna, generating many different reactions.

What’s clear is that our bodies aren’t designed to solely carry out the basic metabolic functions of transforming food into energy to keep us alive.

In reality, they have to process all the different stimuli they receive. Then, they must generate a positive or negative response to them. Naturally, these responses have an effect on all the organs.

Apart from the physical stimuli that the body receives thanks to the nervous system, we also experience emotions or feelings. Even if they seem not to have an obvious effect on us, they provoke reactions that can stimulate or inhibit some of our organs.

Although this is usually a healthy process, when our emotions are particularly strong, negative, and long-lasting, they can have a damaging effect on our organs and leave them more vulnerable to certain conditions. In this article, we’ll explore this topic.

Organs and emotions

A woman reflecting.

According to traditional medicine, the deterioration process of any given organ is directly related to the emotions and feelings that we’re experiencing.

When one organ is affected, it can have a de-balancing effect on the entire body. That’s why it’s important to identify the emotional cause so that we can work towards solving it. 

What this really means is that we have to try to change our emotional state and promote positive thinking patterns.

Read more here: 5 Exercises to Control Our Emotions

Below, we’ll look at a few organs in particular and the emotions that can affect them:

The heart and the small intestine: Joy

Woman laughing.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, joy is the emotion that’s most closely associated with these two organs.

The heart is responsible for regulating the blood and controlling the blood vessels, among other things. Meanwhile, the small intestine’s function is to absorb the nutrients and minerals that come into the body through our food intake.

Although a healthy emotion like joy can stimulate these organs and their functioning, too much joy can generate:

  • Nervousness
  • Tachycardia
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration

People who suffer from affected organs tend to be sensitive, extroverted, and talkative. They often find themselves overwhelmed by their own emotions and struggle to keep their emotions in check.

Learning to cope with euphoria, agitation, excitability, and an excess of emotions will help keep these organs functioning properly. After all, they’re really important.

2. Liver and gallbladder: Rage and anger

Woman shouting.

Rage and anger, as well as all the other emotions associated with them, relate with these two organs.

Your liver is in charge of storing blood and regulating the circulation of vital energy. Meanwhile, your gallbladder is responsible for collecting and excreting bile.

If you’re someone who has trouble with these particular organs, you’re probably also a dynamic person who tends to be troubled by excessive worries. You may even react aggressively to them sometimes.

Apart from rage and anger, you should also identify and cope with feelings of frustration and indignation. In addition, you should try to bear in mind that a healthily-functioning liver produces generative and liberating energy.

3. Spleen and stomach: Obsession

These particular organs are associated with obsession, nostalgia, and reflection.

While the stomach is responsible for generating nutrition, the spleen forms part of the lymphatic system. It fights infections and maintains the bodily fluids balanced.

People who suffer from conditions related to these organs are usually calm, but often have a hard time making decisions.

4. Lungs and large intestine: Sadness

A woman crying.

These two organs are strongly connected to feelings of melancholy, sadness, and grief.

The lungs’ main job is to regulate breathing. The large intestine plays a key role in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. In addition, it helps keep the body’s immune system functioning.

If you’re experiencing problems with these organs, you’re probably an independent and highly rational person who is no stranger to self-reflection.

Discover: Poor Digestion and Emotional Problems

Too much reflection may result in lack of appetite, chest tightness, and a general sense of apathy.

5. Kidneys and bladder: Fear

A scared woman.

The kidneys are strongly associated with feelings of fear and anxiety. Their physical tasks include removing waste elements from the blood. Meanwhile, the bladder is responsible for storing and excreting urine.

People who suffer from pain and weakness in the lower back, as well as a number of other symptoms, may be experiencing a period of uncertainty in their lives.

On the contrary, maintaining a good renal energy balance can help boost your confidence in your own abilities.  

Now that you know which emotions affect which organs, you can focus on introducing positive thinking patterns.

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