Emotions are how the body responds to feelings. If the body is healthy (in harmony or balance), it is able to resist pathogens (agents that produce disease). Disharmony or imbalance can be caused “internal” causes – excessive emotions. According to the experts, emotion is a metaphysical experience paralleled by biological responses and psychological processes. Traditional Chinese medicine views seven emotions including joy, anger, anxiety, grief, pensiveness, fear and fright that each affects the health of an organ according to Shen-Nong.

The Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for more than five thousand years, which is amazing! Well yes, and it also has a central principle that classifies five major organ systems that are each associated with particular emotions. The five major organ systems involve pairs of organs and an associated emotion: 

  • The liver and gallbladder are associated with anger; 
  • The heart and small intestine are associated with joy;
  • The spleen and stomach are associated with over-thinking or pensiveness; 
  • The lungs and large intestine are associated with grief; 
  • The kidney and bladder are associated with fear.

Internal Causes of Disease

As we mentioned before, there are seven emotions that are internal causes for disharmony. Emotions cause illness when they are not balanced. Too much anger is as unbalanced as too much joy, but each will manifest different physical symptoms. The seven emotions are:

  • Anger
  • Joy
  • Sadness
  • Grief
  • Pensiveness
  • Fear
  • Fright

Now, let’s explain how each emotion can affect your body and your internal organs. And, of course, the best way to stop it!

  • Joy – joy is an emotion of deep contentment and (according to the traditional Chinese medicine) it’s connected to the heart. When a person becomes overexcited with joy, she can experience agitation, insomnia, fever and heart palpitations.
  • Anger – according to the experts, this emotion is “linked” with resentment, frustration, irritability and rage. Chinese medicine asserts that this choleric emotion is stored in the liver and gallbladder, which produce and store bile, respectively. This anger can affect many biological processes that sap energy and cause headaches, dizziness and high blood pressure.
  • Anxiety – ladies and gentlemen, you should know that anxiety is an emotion of excessive worry that can affect the lungs and large intestine. And yes, this emotion can cause a person to be unable to use energy and suffer from shortness of breath and ulcerative colitis, an inflammation of the large intestine.
  • Grief – first of all, you should know that this emotion can cause a person to cry, create disharmony in the lungs and block energy from circulating throughout the body. Grief can sap the will to live, injure the lungs and cause respiratory diseases.
  • Pensiveness – did you know tat pensiveness is an excessive thinking and melancholy? Well yes, and you should also know that this emotion affects the spleen and can cause fatigue, lethargy and inability to concentrate. Pensiveness can also constrict the digestive system and affect the stomach with gas, distension and bloating.
  • Fear – unfortunately, fear can cause disharmony in the kidneys and cause involuntary urination. Extreme fear can cause a person to spontaneously lose control of his kidneys and bladder, according to GreekMedicine.net.
  • Fright – last, but not least important – fright. Fright is an emotion of shock and panic due to something sudden and unexpected. Fright affects the heart in the short run and when it becomes chronic can affect the kidneys
How to Harmonize Your Emotions and Balance Your Body by Holding Your Fingers

According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonize your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence.  This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach I’ve personally used to great effect for several years. Well yes, and you should also know that each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.

  • The thumb is associated with the stomach. The corresponding emotion is worry.
  • The index finger is as­sociated with the lungs and large intestine. It links with the emo­tions of sadness, grief and depression.
  • The middle finger is as­sociated with the heart, small intestine, circulatory system and the respiratory system. It’s connected with the emotions of impatience and hastiness.
  • The ring finger is associ­ated with the liver, gall bladder and the nervous system and it corre­sponds to the anger emotion.
  • The pinky finger is associ­ated with the kidneys, and corresponds with the emotion of fear.


Here’s what you need to do – just sit back, relax, rest your hands in your lap, exhale and receive the inhalation. Then wrap one hand around the thumb of your other hand as shown in the illustration.  Once you feel a pulse or two minutes has passed, reverse and enclose the opposite thumb with your other hand.  Gradually, work your way through all five fingers. This is very important for you to remember – during the exercise, keep your attention lightly placed on the finger you are holding while allowing thoughts and emotions to pass by like clouds in the sky. The entire process will take 10-15 minutes.