The heart is a gem of an organ, and like gems that have facets that sparkle and shine, the heart has many different functions within the body. So how can we strengthen our hearts? What are the functions of the heart? And, how can acupuncture help heal the heart?
In Chinese Medicine the heart is called the Emperor. This is a deeply profound title. Emperors in China had reached the peak of accomplishment, they were revered for their wisdom, courage, strength and power, so this name is significant to say the least.
The Heart dominates the blood and vessels, houses the mind and is the motive force for blood circulation. According to Chinese medicine, mental activity, consciousness, memory, thinking and sleep are affected by the state of the heart. In Foundations of Chinese Medicine, one of the quintessential books on Chinese Medicine, it states: “If the Heart is strong and Blood abundant, there will be normal mental activity, a balanced emotional life, clear consciousness, a good memory, keen thinking and good sleep.” Doesn’t that sound great! Clearly the Heart is a key component to good sleep, good memory, clear thinking and a happy state of mind.
What affects the heart? Emotions. If there are balanced emotions the heart is in its natural state of equilibrium. If there is excessive joy, sadness, grief, anger or worry, the person will likely experience depression, anxiety or insomnia. Most heart pathologies come with an achy chest, palpitations, poor circulation, excessive or lack of sweat, depression or insomnia.
So how can acupuncture help? There are acupuncture points like Heart 7 (Shenmen), Ren 15 (Jiuwei), Ren 17 (ShanZhong) and PC 6 (Neiguan) that are used to tonify heart energy, blood and regulate that particular organ system. The result of an effective treatment(s) will be clearer thinking, deeper sleep, balanced emotions and improved circulation. Give it a few treatments, spaced closely together, to see the effects. You’ll be happy you did, especially when there’s an extra spring in your step because you feel better and had a wonderful night of sleep.
Herbal medicine is an excellent complement to acupuncture treatments. There are several potent medicinal formulas such as: Suan Zao Ren Tang, Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang, Gan Mai Da Zao Tang and Gui Pi Tang. Since Chinese medicine is customized to the diagnosis your practitioner determines for you they will prescribe the appropriate formula for your condition, and give you detailed instructions on how and when to take the formula.
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Words of Encouragement from the Dalai Lama…
“Develop the heart, too much energy in your country
is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Develop the heart. Be compassionate.”