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Internal Causes of Disease

Causes of disease are divided into three major categories internal, external, miscellaneous
Internal Causes of disease emotions-anger, joy, sadness, worry, pensiveness, fear, shock
external causes of disease weather, climate- wind, cold, summer heat, dampness, dryness, fire
miscellaneous other-diet, overwork, excessive sexual activity, trauma, poisons
internal causes of disease-general view the internal causes of disease are those due to emotional strain. Internal, emotional causes of disease injure the Internal Organs, where external, or climatic causes of disease, affect the exterior of the body first
ICD-cont in chinese medicine, the body, mind and the emotions are an integrated whole with no beginning or end, in which the internal organs are the major sphere of influence
emotions as causes of disease in most emotions become the causes of disease only when they are other long lasting or very intense. It is only when we are in a particular emotional state for a long time (months or years) that they become a cause of disease.
interaction of body and mind since the body and mind form an integrated and inseparable unit, the emotions not only can cause a disharmony, but they can also be caused by it.
seven emotions and the internal organs anger affects the liver, joy affects the heart, sadness affects the lungs and heart, worry affects the spleen and lungs, pensiveness affects the spleen, fear affects the kidneys, shock affects the heart and kidneys
all emotions affect the heart all emotions, besides affecting the relevant organ directly, affect the heart indirectly because the heart houses the mind and acts to integrate the various emotions in the body. It is responsible for consciousness and cognition, and recognizes and feels
all emotions affect the heart-cont the effect of emotional tension
effects of emotional stress on the body the first effect of emotional stress on the body is to affect the proper circulation and direction of Qi
effects of emotional stress on the body-1 Qi is non-substant. and the mind w/ its mental and emotional energies is the most non-material type of Qi. In this respect it is natural that emotional stress affecting the mind impairs the Qi Mechanism first of all
effects of emotional stress on the body-2 although each emotion has a particular effect on Qi, all emotions have a tendency to cause stagnation of Qi after some time. Even emotions that deplete Qi such as sadness may have this effect, b/c if Qi is deficient it cannot circulate properly
effects of emotional stress on the body-3 and it therefore may tend to stagnate over a period of time
effects of emotional stress on the body-4 when Qi stagnates, it may in time lead to Blood stasis, especially in women. Blood stasis affects particularly the heart, liver, and uterus
effects of emotional stress on the body-5 Qi stagnation may also lead to heat, and most of the emotions over a long period of time can give rise to heat or fire. This is b/c most of the emotions can cause stagnation of Qi and when Qi is compressed in this way over time it creates heat.
effects of emotional stress on the body-6 for this reason when someone has suffered from emotional problems for a long period of time there are often signs of heat with may be in the liver, heart, lungs in time the heat may turn into fire which is more intense, drying and affects the mind more
effects of emotional stress on the body-7 The disruption of Qi caused by emotions may in time also lead to the formation of phlegm. the proper movement of Qi in the right direction in the Qi mechanism is essential to transform, transport and excrete fluids.
effects of emotional stress on the body-8 in this respect, the disruption in the movement of Qi may result in the formation of phlegm. Phlegm in turn obstructs the mind's orifices and becomes a further cause of emotional and mental disturbance
Anger the term anger perhaps more than any of the other emotions should be interpreted very broadly, to include several other allied emotional states-resentment, repressed anger, irritability, frustration, rage, hatred, indignation, animosity, bitterness
anger-2 anger makes the Qi rise and many of the symptoms manifest in the head and neck: headache, dizziness, tinnitus, neck stiffness, red blotches on the front part of the neck, red face
Joy joy should be interpreted broadly, Joy itself is not a cause of disease, but one of excessive excitement and craving which can injure the heart. This happens to people who live in a state of continual mental stimulation or excessive excitement
joy-2 or a life of hard playing. It is said that joy makes the heart larger. This leads to excessive stimulation of the heart, which in time may lead to heart related symptoms and signs: palpitations, over excitability, insomnia, restlessness, talking a lot
joy-3 red tip to tongue
sadness sadness weakens the lungs, but also impacts the heart. sadness leads to a deficiency of lung-Qi and may manifest in a variety of symptoms: breathlessness, tiredness, feeling of discomfort in the chest, depression, crying
Worry worry is one of the most common emotional causes of disease in our society. Worry knots the Qi, causing stagnation and it affects both the lungs and spleen. worry is the pathological counterpart to the spleen's mental activity in generating ideas
worry-2 the symptoms and signs of worry vary according to whether they affect the lungs or spleen
worry-lungs symptoms discomfort in the chest, breathlessness, tense shoulders, sometimes dry cough, weak voice, sighing
worry-spleen sypmtoms epigastic discomfort, abdominal distention, poor appetite, fatigue, pale complexion
fear fear includes both a chronic state of fear and anxiety and a sudden fright. Fear depletes Kidney Qi and it makes Qi descend. Symptoms-nocturnal enuresis, incontinence, diarrhea
fear-heart symptoms if the heart is weak, it will cause Qi to rise in the form of empty heat. Fear and anxiety weaken Kidney-Yin and give rise to empty heat of the heart with-palpitations, insomnia, night sweats, dry mouth, malar flush, rapid pulse
Created by: lamsee