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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.
Qi is ruled by the Lungs and enabled to flow by the Liver. Strong emotions interfere with the Lungs, the Liver and when are both affected, the Heart takes the strain.
Emotions like grief and loss, anxiety, worry, disappointment and sorrow, mainly affect the Lungs (and the Spleen).
Emotions such as frustration and anger, and the inability to achieve results or success, affect the Liver.
Given these origins, this has the following symptoms:
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 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.
Meantime make sure you eat food containing plenty of Omega-3 oils, and a broad range of green and purple vegetables.
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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