Mental and physical health hand in hand

We often think of being healthy is ; if our body is in shape. We picture a slim, muscular body. But…what if our mental health is in a bad shape? Are we still healthy?

Institute of Mental Health 7, Nov 06

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If we look into eastern philosophy the mind and the body need to be in harmony. There are writings about the balance between the elements; Earth, water, wood, metal and fire. And if one is too strong it would be  on the account of another. For example Wood burns fire. That means the fire is eating up the wood element. And water puts out fire. Water can cool the fire. All in order to get balance.

Balance is the ultimate goal.  This  ancient philosophy  is too complicated to explain in short. We talk about the life energy. We refer to  it, we feel energetic or we feel that we don´t have any energy. That is the Qi energy we feel.

Reflexology and acupuncture work with these elements. I have adressed these before and  the benefits of these treatments in my post on candida.

The feelings of anger and resentment  in the eastern philosophy  occupies the liver. Alcoholics are often resentful, excessive drinking harms the liver. That is probably the most obvious relationship. Working with resolving old resentments, however we do it benefits the liver. The liver is one of the most important organs in our body. The liver cleanses the blood. The most beneficial thing we can do for the liver is , not eating heavy meals after 18:00 in the evening. That way the liver will not be working on our food at it´s prime time between 23-03 and it can do what it is designed to do. That is;  clean our blood and keep us healthy. There is a direct connection between the eyes and the liver. Colorations in the eyes could indicate the liver is not  happy.

I found it helpful to boost the liver with a chinese remedy called ;  the free and easy wanderer. It is beneficial to promote liver Qi and for me this was essential because of my stressful living the kidneys had been tapping the liver and draining it of qi energy.(1)

In short listen to your body, hear the messages. When I started listening I could make beneficial choices for me.

If the liver is happy, so are you.

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One response to “Mental and physical health hand in hand

  1. Tilbaketråkk: Describe your happiness? | Holistic me

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