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Heart (TCM)

TCM heartHeart - (Arm Shaoyin) 9 meridian pressure pointsheart merdian pathway
Direction of meridian - Chest to hand, downward
Emotion that disrupts Fire element - Over-Joyful
"The heart is the ruler or monarch of all the ten organs", the heart watches over and supervises the other internal organs and is the master of the blood vessels. The heart circulates all blood (whilst the spleen energetically holds the blood within the vessels).
The heart is in charge of general mental health and mental well-being, most mental activities such as thought, emotions and consciousness are in league or influenced by the heart in some form. More about the Heart and Small Intestine Fire Element.

Meditation and the Heart/Lungs

TCM - Heart Diseases
Heart Yin/Yang deficiency and excess, deficiency Heart qi, deficiency of Heart yang, deficiency of Heart blood, deficiency of Heart fire, flaring of Heart fire, obstruction of Heart vessels, mental confusion due to Heart phlegm, Heart disturbed by phlegm fire.

Heart creates joy whilst over stimulation causes anxiety, shock, mania and is the spirit (shen) centre to deal with passion and knowing the pathway (doa)

Small intestines distribute emotions of the heart, and collects information

Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances (what to look for)
The heart is the house of the mind (spirit) which distributes psychic energy throughout the systems, the tongue has a deep connection with the heart which means speaking energy which produce slips of the tongue (lies, stuttering etc) can be attributed to the heart-mind in a constant moment of change or wanting to tell the truth from the subconscious (could indicate a shen imbalance).
Real joy is felt in the heart (as the senses interpret the outside world), and from the heart (supported by wood element) allowing metaphysical healing if the heart-mind joy energy is truly, lovingly heartfelt which may encourage a letting go of egocentric self interest (such a jealousy, complete partner control etc).
Acknowledgment of emotional dysfunctions can help free the heart (and the person) from fear (learning to be honest) by releasing any hidden secrets that are painfully repressed.
Peace of mind, love and happiness is a fundamental goal which can be achieved when we truly know when we have enough and stop desiring or wanting more and more, more land, more money, more respect, more control etc is not peaceful-joy, its just control, money, land etc, love is the key and letting go is the lock, so putting the key into the lock will open doors to encourage healing of damaged heart-mind (shen).
The water element of the kidneys/unitary bladder has a controlling affect on the fire element (heart/small intestine), the water element is associated with fear, if the heart energy is weakened, the fire element can become over consumed with fear (excess in the water element and deficiency in the fire element). The hearts spirit freezes the expression of love, and the act letting go of heartbreak through an emotional release becomes blocked, like a block of ice (yin), constant, gentle warming (yang) of the emotions can melt ice.
The heart and lungs listen to each other via a breathing connection (run hard and the heart beats faster whilst the breath becomes laboured), by slowing the breath into a unforced, smooth moving stream that trickles gently through the body will encourage an easing of the hearts movement, and thus soothing the hearts emotions (heart-lung meditation).
Slow moving qigong and taiji (qigong walking) can re-harmonize the hearts spirit (shen).
Emotion of Breath

"Over joy impairs the heart, fear subdues joy"

Western Medical Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances "Mania"

Mania

Bipolar 1 Disorder (manic depression)
Manic depression shows itself differently for every sufferer. Manic depression is defined by the presence of an extreme positive, elevated emotion, mania (sometimes with hallucinations), and is usually followed by a spiral into a deep, full blown depression.
Between episodes those afflicted with bipolar 1 mostly lead a normal, satisfying life.
Bipolar 11
Bipolar 11 is a lesser intense form of bipolar 1 disorder in that sufferers do not experience full blown bipolar 1 episodes of extreme elation followed by deep depression, however bipolar 11 sufferers can experience long periods of depression with absence of any treatment.
Causes of Bipolar
The causes of bipolar can sometimes be of a genetic nature although this is not always the case because sufferers can have triggers that will encourage a bipolar event.
Chemical imbalances of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline are believed to be the main cause of a bipolar incidence.
Bipolar Symptoms
Manic phase: inappropriate elation, extremes of happiness despite circumstances, agitation, increased irritability, insomnia, grandiose notions, feeling invincible, talking increasingly faster and louder, disconnected racing thoughts, increased sexual desire, increased energetic levels, poor judgments, undesirable social behaviour's and unnecessary euphoria.
Note: a milder form of symptoms is known as hypomania, bipolar 11 and cyclothymia suffers are known to have much more control over their state during a hypomanic phase.
Depressive phase: Sorrow, worry, disinterest, emptiness and irritability (see depression).

Over-reading or eye focusing damages the heart, circulation and arteries

Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia is similar to bipolar but is far less intense as suffers never experience the emotional extremes of bipolar.
It is interesting to note that cyclothymia can sometimes be considered helpful to achieve goals and targets during a manic episode although people with the cyclothymia disorder still suffer from periods of depression.

Substance-Induced Mood Disorders
Substance-Induced Mood Disorders can display similar symptoms to a bipolar incidence except the mood swing of mania and depression has been the product of self abuse using alcohol, cocaine, crack cocaine, opioids, sedatives, LSD and similar manic-depressive inducing substances.

Acupuncture (TCM) - Reflexology - Aromatherapy - Hypnotherapy - Qigong - Taiji (Qigong walking) and Meditation are therapeutic interventions which affect brain/body chemistry that are all side-effect free, and can help with acute or mild depression, alcohol addiction, drug addiction and prescription drug withdrawal and drug use side effects

Brief Heart Western Medical Anatomy and Actions
The heart is a muscular organ which pumps blood through the body via the blood vessels of the circulatory system.
Blood provides the body with nutrient rich oxygen through the arteries and capillaries whilst assisting with the removal of metabolic waste via the capillaries and veins.
The heart is located partly below the left lung and partly in the central chest compartment.
The heart is separated into four chambers, the upper left and right atria, the lower left and right ventricles.
The right atrium and ventricle are known as the right heart and the left atrium and ventricle are known as the left heart.
Heart valves control the direction blood flows through the heart, the blood flow moves in one direction to prevent back flow.
The wall of the heart consists of three layers, the epicardium, myocardium, and endocardium.
The heart is enclosed in a protective sac called the pericardium.
Heart disorders (cardiovascular disease-CVD, coronary heart disease-CHD)
Arteriosclerosis, angina (restricted heart-blood flow), heart attack (blocked heart-blood flow), heart failure ( weakened heart muscle) , aortic disease (heart blood vessel), arrhythmia, congenital heart disease (birth heart disease), heart valve disease.

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Small Intestine (TCM)

Small Intestine (Hand Taiyang) 19 meridian pressure points
Direction of meridian - Hand to head, qi moves in a upward direction
Emotion that disrupts Fire element - Over-Joyfulness
The small intestine receives partially digested food from the the stomach and spleen to refine down into usable energy which is passed on and distributed by the spleen.
Turbid (soiled) wastes (fluids and solids) divided by the small intestine are excreted after being moved on to the large intestine and the unitary bladder.
More about the Heart and Small Intestine Fire Element.

TCM - Small Intestine Diseases
Small Intestine Yin/Yang deficiency and excess, energy congestion of the Small intestine, excessive heat in the Small intestine.

Heart creates joy whilst over stimulation causes anxiety, shock, mania and is the spirit (shen) centre to deal with passion and knowing the pathway (doa)

Small intestine distribute emotions of the heart, and collects information

Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances (what to look for)
The small intestine metabolizes food and some liquids (in the food), taking out nutrients and finding the waste for excretion, and it's psychic effect on the mind is similar with its physical energy process, taking in thoughts and separating the healthy from the unhealthy, sending the unhealthy to be discarded which could get trapped (repressed) in the pockets of the mind or passed on (to the large intestine) to be evacuated and disposed of after a mind cleansing sleep (this type of repression can cause insomnia).
Mania is a yang dysfunction, and the small intestine is a yang part of the fire element, uncontrollable laughter or just enjoying being inappropriately out of control could indicate a dysfunction of the small intestine (yang dysfunction of the fire element).
Problems with uncontrolled self-centred sensitive feelings that quickly turn into revenge, which accesses pleasurable feelings that come from a deep destructive love (possibly learned from a caregiver at an early age), a sadistic love conciously gained overtime from manipulation and power after winning a trust that mentally and emotionally hurts others just for fun and ego fulfillment is a serious imbalance especially if the person has no control or awarness of such behaviour.
The small intestine can suffer from being frozen (stagnant chi) which causes griping pain (possible corhn's disease), and can have trouble assimilating certain foods (celiac) these types of dysfunctions can sometimes be brought on and linked to emotions, with emotions being the pain trigger in the small intestine, and the pain of the gripe in turn affecting the emotions making a viscous circle of hurt metaphysically
If the emotions can be released and controlled the sufferer may metaphysically learn and develop the ability to release the pain cycle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments Taiji and Meditation techniques can help to gain some control and relief by learning ways to break the circle of pain.
Emotion of Breath

"Over joy impairs the heart, fear subdues joy"

Brief Small Intestine Western Medical Anatomy and Actions
The small intestines main function is to absorb and metabolize nutrients, vitamins and minerals from food.
The small intestine (aka small bowel) is part of the gastrointestinal tract that is located between the stomach and the large intestine.
The small intestine is divided by three regions, the duodenum (top), jejunum (middle), and ileum (bottom).
Small Intestine disorders
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, cancer, intestinal obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), short bowel syndrome, Whipple's, blind loop syndrome, ulcers, enteritis, steatorrhea, bile acid malabsorption, ostomy (stoma), Milroy disease, malabsorption syndrome (cannot absorb nutrients).

Some Science of the Sun "Fire Element" (ultimate yang)
Sunlight, stable, comfortable weather creates a feel good energy that people seek because it encourages metaphysical health and well being.
Too much sun can cause sunburn then skin cancer, just the right amount of sun can promote an opposite healthy effect that is sort after and enjoyed by people who choose to live in sunny areas of the planet, and millions of holiday makers who visit warm sunny places every year throughout the world.
Without the sun nothing would grow on the earth, and all life would become extinct shortly after its disappearance. The energy of the sun is a multi layered spectrum of light, heat, cosmic rays (a cosmic ray is a high-speed particle which is either an atomic nucleus or an electron), magnetic fields, vitamins, minerals etc, which control and trigger hormones and hormonal production, the human body clock including seasonal changes of growth, emotions, eating, sleep phases and general behavioral processes.
Light spectrum/colours
Light that bathes the planet earth and all life upon it experiences a vast array of colours that have a subtle effect on the beings being touched. When we look at an object, we see the object as if the space in between is completely empty when in fact the empty space is full of many things such as oxygen, carbon monoxide, vitamins and minerals and an array of different colours that when brought together become invisible to the naked eye, the colours may be invisible in empty space to us but to other creatures are visible.
The effect that colours could have on our health may not be immediately perceptible, but we are affected by colours simply because a colour or combination of colours can change a mood, influence thoughts and encourage emotions.
Note: colours of the air become visible through a prism which interprets light into its own shape, another way to see the colours in the air is to find a rainbow, a form of natural refraction.
Vitamins and minerals
Skin exposure to the sun (yang) produces vitamin D that can help prevent low levels of calcium in the blood, which can encourage healthy functioning of the kidneys and parathyroid glands that are not working normally. Low blood levels of calcium may cause bone disease.
Emotion of Breath

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