Do you have a fear of aging? Do you mutter to yourself? Do you get mouth and tongue ulcers often or have a bitter taste in your mouth? If so, read on to learn more about how your heart plays a role in this.
For the last several months, we have been learning about our 24 hour body clock. Each month we have covered a different organ so in case you missed it, you can read it from the beginning in my prior article titled, “Is Your Hose Kinked?” Be sure to review the archives for the last couple of months to read the articles that support the rest of the body clock. So far we have covered the lungs, the large intestines, the stomach and the spleen/pancreas.
Each organ has its very own unique set of tasks that it performs daily at a very specific time of day similar to your daily tasks or “in-box” at work. And, just like your life, your organs have to deal with an occasional “emergency” in their day. Something you didn’t plan. This emergency could simply be a food you are allergic to such as dairy which often has a bad effect on the heart in the world of Chinese Medicine. Your body still needs to work on its regularly scheduled daily task, but eating the wrong foods or food you have an intolerance to may cause your body to have to go deal with that “emergency” instead of completing the scheduled task. This is how blockages, build-ups and stagnation can cause an organ’s meridian pathway to be clogged. This can lead to a host of issues.
The heart holds position number 5 in the body clock which means that the clock starts each day at 3 AM with the lungs, then passes the baton every two hours to a different organ throughout the 24 hour clock. This month, our focus will be on the heart which begins it daily routine at 11 AM and continues until 1 PM.
The heart network includes the heart, the heart meridian which runs through both lungs, over to the armpits and down the inside of the arms to the pinky finger. It also heavily influences the blood vessels and the tip of the tongue. This is a rather interesting point since there is a Bible verse that mentions “…But the things that come out of the mouht come from the heart..." (Matt 15:18 NIV)
The heart has a number of functions including:
- Turning food energy (Qi) into blood and controlling food supply, vessels and pulse
- Influencing complexion by controlling the blood supply to the face
- Balances emotions because healthy blood lets the mind/spirit rest
- Sends blood to the tongue and allows for appropriate laughter/speech
Often the following symptoms may accompany a heart that is not balanced:
- Palpitations, sweating easily, pale, tired, dull complexion
- Emotional stress especially sadness, fear of aging, anxiety
- Disturbed dreams, feeling undernourished/nurtured
- Worry, insomnia, poor memory, fidgets, impulsive
- Difficulty speaking, incoherent speech, rash behavior, muttering to self
- Grief, resentment over long bottled up anger, hitting or scolding others.
There are a number of ways to address an imbalance in the heart such as exercises like Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong. The following Qi Gong exercise will help you strengthen the energy flow in this meridian and can help improve the symptoms listed above. Click here: Qi Gong Exercises for the Heart
We are continuing this series next month until we have covered all the organs in the 24 hour body clock. However, if you have low energy during this time or other times of the day, it could be a food intolerance or adrenal stress. Pinpointing if this happens after you eat is a good indication of a food intolerance. If not, suspect adrenal stress in which case you could benefit greatly from my prior video release called the Tahiti Vacation Relaxation Technique.
Another way to address energy imbalances is through BodyTalk, a modality I use in my practice. A BodyTalk session can be done in person or remotely (over the phone or live video conference such as Zoom). Learn more about BodyTalk and schedule a session.