The Heart is the Emperor organ in Chinese Medicine (CM), and this means that if the Heart organ is not settled then your body, mind and spirit cannot be at ease. The functions of the Heart organ are multiple, but one of the more important is to house the Shen, translated as your Mind or Spirit. You can see the Shen displayed in the quality of sparkle in a person’s eye.
Another important function of the Heart is in its relationship to the blood in your body. In CM, the Heart is more than a mechanical pump. It helps to ensure the blood fills the body and in turn, the state of the blood influences the function of the Heart to house the Shen; you will need enough blood to ground your Spirit.
Restlessness, anxiety, palpitations and insomnia as well as poor memory and dizziness are signs of a blood deficiency impacting the Heart function. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you might check your complexion, tongue and nail beds for paleness. If they appear to lack color it might benefit you to find ways to supplement your diet to nourish the blood in your body. Bone broths, dark meats, dark green leafys, beets, black molasses and mulberries are a few foods that can nourish your blood.
Heart health also requires ‘emptiness’ – this space is the room for your Shen to reside in your Heart. This is crafted through quiet practices like meditation or Qi Gong. If you can quiet your heart your spirit will find rest in your body and provide you with a sense of peacefulness where you can have the perspective to engage with your daily life from a relaxed and intentional place.
If you are curious about the state of your Heart from Chinese medical perspective, or have more questions about how this Eastern medicine can support your health personally, consult with a local acupuncturist. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 707-861-8930
Chase L. Desso, LAc