I truly believe in the mind, body and spirit connection.  I see it nearly every day.  People come to me because they are tired of being sick, but what they don’t know is they are sick not from physical reasons, but from emotional causes or spiritual complications. I have read through my client’s intake forms and have come to the conclusion that my sickest clients have the most stress and trauma in their lives.

I rarely meet with a client who is not riddled with anxiety or depression. Most illness goes hand in hand with damaging emotions. Whether it be anger, resentment, unforgiveness, anxiety or depression, I have seen what damaged emotions can do to our bodies. The Chinese believe in the mind, body and spirit connection, assigning emotions to different organs of the body.  There is validity in their beliefs, so I have listed below the organs and their emotional connections according to Chinese Medicine.

The Liver/Gallbladder

Emotions: Anger, frustration, bitterness and irritability
Physical Symptoms: These can manifest as tension, irregular and painful menstrual cycles, headaches, body pain and eye problems.

The Lungs

Emotions: Grief, sadness and attachments
Physical Symptoms: Many people with bowel or lungs problems have some sort of deep sadness or grief.

The Heart

Emotions: Lack of vitality and enthusiasm, depression, insomnia and anxiety
Physical Symptoms: Sick manifestions include heart palpitations, forgetfulness, poor focus and concentration, as well as poor circulation.

The Spleen/Stomach

Emotions: Worry, dwelling on one thing too much and pensiveness
Physical Symptoms: This can cause poor digestion, abdominal bloating, loose stools or diarrhea, muscle weakness and reduced appetite.

The Kidneys

Emotions: Fear, trauma, shock, insecurity and weak willpower
Physical Symptoms: Many people who deal with these emotions have urinary incontinence, ringing in the ears, hair loss, osteoporosis, dry mouth and overall decline in vitality.If you are dealing with any of the physical symptoms listed above, then it is very important you work on the emotional cause.  I experienced resolve with my own digestive upsets and heart palpitations once I let go of the thing that had been giving me extreme anxiety.

A More Excellent Way

Another great resource for the mind, body and spirit connection is a book entitled, “A More Excellent Way.”

I have used this book many times in my practice when I truly felt like my clients illness was caused emotionally or spiritually rooted.  In this book, you can look up many illnesses and it will list its spiritual and emotions roots.  Of course, this cannot be 100% accurate in every circumstance, but I have seen it ring true time and time again.

For example, skin issues are often emotionally based. In “A More Excellent Way,” it states that eczema and psoriasis are rooted in fear.  I always ask my clients with skin disorders if they struggle with fear. So far, all my clients with skin problems had fear issues.  It was amazing to me to see how connected this physical issue was with an emotion that can be easily resolved.

Finding the Root Cause

If you are dealing with an illness, just remember that it may not be strictly physical in nature, but rather a physical manifestation of an emotion.  It may take some “soul searching,” but the root of your sick issue may well be anger, unforgiveness, anxiety, depression or even fear. Health is truly about balance of the whole person – mind, body and spirit.