The Heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In TCM, the heart is the location where the “spirit” (shen) resides.
When your shen is healthy, you are able to think clearly and rationally, feel calm and peaceful most of the time, and cultivate healthy relationships with other people. When the shen is disturbed, it manifests itself in symptoms such as poor concentration, memory loss, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and other signs of mental and emotional disorders.
How to Keep your Heart Healthy
Exercise. Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong are all great for Heart health.
Diet. According to TCM, red foods help nourish the heart by making up for the loss of yang or fire energy in the body. Some red foods include tomatoes, cherry, red beans, watermelon, apple, strawberries, beef, etc.
Smoking. Try your best to quit smoking. Acupuncture can help reduce cravings. Look to friends and groups for support, and ask an herbalist for astragalus, which can help reduce anxiety associated with quitting.
Uncontrolled stress. Everyone has stress in their lives, but managing it and coming down from the “fight or flight” is important. Your acupuncturist can help your body remember this.
Sleep. Getting adequate sleep is important. Sticking to a routine, making your bedroom dark and comfortable, and turning off devices (phones, tablets, etc) an hour before bed all help.
**Tip: The body likes routine. Once habits are ingrained, falling and staying asleep become easier!
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