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The seven emotions in traditional Chinese medicine

By |August 31st, 2018|

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees a close relationship between the internal organs and emotions. There are considered to be seven emotions in TCM. These are joy, anger, worry (pensiveness), anxiety, sadness (grief), fear and fright. Emotional activity is the normal response to external or environmental stimuli. Within normal limits it is not seen as harmful, and can actually be beneficial for the body and mind. However, if emotions are too abrupt, too powerful and overwhelming, or […]

Maintaining a healthy heart in Chinese medicine

By |December 2nd, 2016|

A healthy heart for a healthy mind

Article by Dr Helen Bourke, CMD

The heart in Chinese medicine
The heart’s physical function is controlling blood circulation and the blood vessels. In Chinese medicine it is also believed to control consciousness, intelligence, thinking, memory and sleep, as well as providing a haven for a person’s spirit, or shen. People with healthy Hearts are aware of the world around them without being overwhelmed by it. They are able to come up with […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice: foods to eat in Summer

By |November 21st, 2009|

Summer is full of heat. The environment is hot, and the body is hot. Signs of excessive heat can include a red face, red tongue with maybe a yellow coat, heat exhaustion, fever, skin eruptions, nose bleeds, constipation, excessive dreaming, and restlessness.

Foods to be aware of during Summer
Red meat and chicken can increase internal heat so avoid over consumption in Summer. Zucchini, citrus fruits, soy products, kelp, white or green vegetables are good for clearing […]