Which organ of yours is the first to be affected by your anger, thoughts of threat, or any negative and positive thoughts? Is it the stomach, or the brain?
In Causae et Curae (1994, p.85), the 12th century healer and Christian mystic Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “In the same way, the soul lives in the heart as in a house; causes thoughts to enter and leave as through a door… the power of thought climbs to the brain, and the brain holds them fast…” Similarly, the Chinese believe that the spirit or Shen resides in the heart. For individuals with heart disease, psychological stress is the strongest predictor of cardiac events such as cardiac death, cardiac arrest and heart attacks. Stress, more than diet, is known to increase your cholesterol level. High cholesterol production by your liver is a reaction to your stress, which leads to inflammation. Does it make sense to continue to suppress cholesterol production with long term medication, or to treat the stress factor?
A new medical field, Neurocardiology, informs that heart diseases and healing of the heart is not only about the physical body but also the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies (Samuels, 2007).
Research in this field conducted by the Institute of HeartMath (McCraty, Atkinson and Tomasino, 2001) reveals that it is the heart that first processes our initial reaction to stress before sending the information to brain. If the heart perceives a situation as a threat, the brain then sets off a series of alarm signals to produce stress hormones, which eventually leads to inflammation – weakening of blood vessels, constriction of blood vessels, platelets turning sticky, raising heart rate and elevating blood pressure.
Established evidence has shown that hostility, anger and aggressiveness are high risk factors for coronary heart disease (Smith, Glazer, Ruiz, and Gallo, 2004).
According to Hildegard of Bingen, anger and a sense of hopelessness are the worst diseases. The Chinese believe that anger affects the liver. Hildegard went further to say that the liver, in turn, sends ‘poisons’ to the heart, stomach and the lungs.
Hildegard had a few remedies for a person with a tendency of having negative thoughts and anger.
The Quenched Wine
One of the remedies is the quenched wine –
Boil red or white wine (around 100mL). As soon as bubbles start to form, add a shot of cold water. Remove wine from the heat and drink in sips (preferably warm).
Try it. It works for many.
The Blue Chalcedony
Another effective remedy is to wear a blue chalcedony bracelet around the wrist as shown.
This precious stone calms the person and instills a peaceful attitude. Sounds fairy tale? If you understand that precious stones, like all other nature elements (plants, herbs, the earth, the air we breathe), are natural agents given to us by the Creator to benefit us, then it will not be a surprise to you. We are never separate from nature. When man-made elements, like radiation from mobile phones, can affect our body metabolism, what’s more nature’s effects on us?
We should not take lightly the impact of emotional stress on our heart and overall health. Start to incorporate simple lifestyle remedies to your life and you will experience better health without the need for long term medication.
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