For over a year I was going through ups and downs of my business, leading to an excessive stress. In the past I was acting like atomic bomb in response to stress which was not giving me popularity, but I did not notice the effect of stress on my organs. Since I am 62, and I do not have much time left to be a lady, I decided to take my stress with dignity and in silence. Recently, I experienced decline of my health – my asthma was severe, I had acid reflux, I was notious after every single meal, my eyeballs and skin were red.
We have a massage therapist who practices Chinese reflexology and when I told her about my problems she said, “Stress is pealing your spleen, your liver, your kidney, your heart and lungs”. She did for me a meridian massage and acupuncture, and suggested to start detoxifying my liver. At Whole Foods I bought liver tonic and ginger tea, started yoga, and every day I tell myself “Anna, it is not worth it!” when the times are tough.
When I relax I read and in my library I found QI The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness. On page 18 of the magazine I found the article Healing The Emotional Trauma by professor Jerry Alan Johnson, Ph.D., D.T.C.M. (China). The article is written for therapists who practice holistic approach to stress. But reading that article I learned what my massage therapist Fen meant by killing my organs with stress. Now I also understand why scientists say that stress is a source of all the diseases and the peace of mind is the best doctor. I want to share with you what I found out about internal organs and emotions, and I hope you will also pay more attention to bringing peace in your life.
HEALING THE PATIENT’S EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGINAL MEMORY
In Chinese Medical Qigong therapy, doctor’s acknowledges that the memory of an original trauma involves an overlapping relationship of the energetic functions of the Five Yin Organs (Yin - the feminine passive principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in darkness, cold, or wetness and that combines with yang to produce all that comes to be). Each of these five organs has a specific role in maintaining the traumatic memory.
- The Lungs, through the influence of the Po (Corporeal Soul), are responsible for registering the physical pain of the experience. The Po regulates the patient’s somatic experience, changes in the patient’s respiration, and weeping and crying.
- The Liver, through the influence of the Hun (Ethereal Soul), is responsible for registering the psychological pain of the experience. The Hun influences the patient’s adrenaline, eye dilation or restriction, and causes the patient’s spirit to leave the body.
- The Spleen is responsible for registering the memory of the pain through the influence of the Yi (Intention). A person with well-developed Yi has total recall of events experienced in the past and is able to memorize things easily. A patient with an Excess of Yi can be obsessed with the past, while the patient with Deficient Yi can be absent-minded and suffer memory loss. All thoughts and ideas surrounding the trauma will eventually be transformed and transported to the Kidneys.
- The Kidneys are responsible for storing the short term memory of the experience.
- The Heart is responsible for storing the long term memory of past experiences.
Although all physical pain is registered by the Po, and all psychological pain is registered by the Hun, only the memory of the pain is registered by the Yi.