I am going to talk about the five main organs a little bit more in detail so you can get an understanding of how they function according to Chinese Medicine and the Five Element theory.
The heart controls and regulates the flow of blood through the vessels. It is important to have healthy blood circulation to all your organs and tissues. When the blood circulation is abnormal you may feel coldness in the extremities, abnormal heart rhythm, abnormal pulse rate and chest pains. According to Chinese Medicine, the heart also has the function of transforming energy from food into blood; therefore, eating a good diet is essential to keep your heart healthy.
The heart controls your blood vessels; that is why good circulation is important in maintaining healthy blood vessels. Impaired circulation may lead to hardening of the arteries.
In Chinese Medicine, we say that the heart stores shen (spirit). When you have a healthy shen, you are happy and content, but when your heart doesn’t store the shen properly, it leads to different mental and psychological disorders.
The emotion associated with the heart is joy. When the heart is in balance, you will experience a balance of emotions, but when the heart is out of balance, symptoms of uncontrollable laughter, inappropriate behavior leading to negativity, over excitement, and other psychological disorders may be experienced.
The heart opens into the tongue, which means that when we check the tongue, we can see how the heart is functioning. As we say in Chinese Medicine, “the tongue is the mirror of the heart”. The tip of the tongue is a huge indication on the heart activity. If there is a deficiency of blood to the heart, the tip will be pale, and if there is a stagnation of heart blood circulation, the tip will appear purple.
Lastly, the heart controls the flow of blood through the body and through your vessels. We can always see how the heart is functioning by checking your complexion. If the heart is healthy, the complexion will be bright and rosy. When the heart is not functioning well, the face will look dull, with blue or purple undertones.
In the next article I will discuss the functions of the lung organ.