The relationship between the five elements and the associated emotion is an important tool for diagnosis in Chinese Five Element acupuncture practice. Anger, Joy, Rumination, Sadness, Fear….
These are just some of the emotions or feelings that we can experience. Emotion is difficult to define, and yet increasingly it is recognised that emotions have a powerful and real effect upon health.
Chinese medicine diagnosis observes the whole of a person, not just the symptom.
"Where the mind goes Qi follows". Chinese medicine theory does not view the body mind and spirit as separate and observes changes in the whole symbiosis of the mind and emotions, which affect the flow of Qi (vital energy) and consequently affect the organ system. A prolonged state of intense emotion can become an internal cause of disease and illness. When you get caught up and identify too strongly with any one emotional state, whether internally in response to stress which is created in the mind or a reaction to an external disturbance or stressor.
Emotional balance helps to support your body's immune system.
During emotionally difficult times we are more likely to get colds and other infections. When we feel stressed, anxious or upset, we are less likely to take care of our health as well as we should, and may not feel like exercising or eating nutritious foods. Over use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs can also be a sign of poor emotional health.