Happy Valentines Day!!! Since Valentines Day is a celebration of love and the heart, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little about the heart as it relates to Chinese Medicine.

The Heart controls blood and blood vessels. Similarly to Western Medicine, when the heart is healthy it pumps blood through the blood vessels to all the parts of the body.

The Heart houses the Shen (Spirit) and the mind.  This function of the heart deals with things such as a person’s mental function, emotional health, memory and spirituality. An imbalance in Heart Qi or Blood can cause a disturbance of the Shen and mind.

The state of the Heart can be easily seen in a person’s complexion. A healthy balanced heart will result in a rosy complexion with luster, if the Heart Qi is deficient, the Heart Blood is stagnated or there is another imbalance, a person will look unhealthy with lusterless complexion that can be pale, red, blue or even purple. Similarly your acupuncturist can tell the condition of your heart by observing your tongue.

Disharmonies of the Heart can result in symptoms such as palpitations, poor memory and forgetfulness, insomnia, disturbed sleep, dizziness, mental restlessness, and anxiety.

This is just a very brief overview of the Heart in Chinese Medicine. If you have any of these symptoms, your acupuncturist can help determine what the root cause is, determine an individualized treatment plan for you and help relieve your symptoms. If you have any questions always ask your acupuncturist and they will be more than happy to explain.

Wishing you all a very happy Valentines Day!