With Heart Qi Stagnation, the Heart is unable to do its job effectively.
The Heart sets the overall direction of our life and suffers when strong emotions get to it.
Of course, the heart organ in Western medicine is what most of us are familiar with. In Chinese medicine, the Heart (capital H) has a wider application and comes into many parts of our lives, though it is just as important as in Western medicine.
Strong emotions interfere with the Lungs and the Liver. When both are affected, the Heart has to take up the strain.
What do 'strong emotions' mean?
Whereas emotions such as
Given these origins, this has the following symptoms (in brackets are the other organs most affected):
Although the symptoms above are not pleasant, they aren't life threatening. But, because in Chinese medicine Qi is said to lead the Blood, the trouble is that wherever Qi stagnates, Blood may stagnate, or reach a state of Blood Stasis.
This is not good! Heart Blood Stasis is a syndrome very similar to many serious circulatory disturbances in the Western medicine.
In the absence of treatment by a competent practitioner of Chinese medicine, see your Doctor for a check-up.
However, just as relevant for you is to face up to the emotional issues at the root of this syndrome.
For instance, hiding strong emotions may be a cause (both the tendency to 'bottle' them, and the strength of the emotions).
That does not mean that they should be allowed to burst forth! Nearly always, however, you will find talking to someone helpful.
Otherwise ... Well. You may think yourself strong, but believe me, your emotions are stronger and can overpower you. When they do, they can block Qi in one place (your Heart) and send it rushing into other areas, usually upwards - very destructively: sometimes terminally. Beware. (Heart attack and Stroke come to mind.)
Meantime make sure you eat food containing plenty of Omega-3 oils, and a broad range of green and purple vegetables. Avoid sweet food, foods that become sweet when chewed (this includes white bread, for instance!) and be careful of foods containing salt. For many people, less yang food is best.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read!
I'm gradually improving this, but 'Qi Stagnation' and 'Yin Deficiency' still remain to be re-edited.
Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
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