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The Heart-Mind Connection

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

The health of your heart is linked to the health of your mind. Experts point out that this connection goes in both directions. People who are depressed are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease. Meanwhile, roughly half of all people with heart disease battle depression.

The mind-heart connection in Chinese medicine views that of all the organs, the mind is most closely related to the heart, which is said to be the ‘residence’ of the mind. "The heart is also the monarch of the 5 yin organs and 6 yang organs and it is also the residence of the mind." The mind, also known as shen in Chinese which resides in the heart or heart-mind is responsible for many different mental activities including:

❤ Thinking

🧡 Memory

💛 Consciousness

💚 Insight

💙 Cognition

💜 Sleep

🤎 Intelligence

🖤 Wisdom

🤍 Ideas.

Acupuncture is a great way to reduce stress levels, long-term elevated stress is often a precursor to heart disease. Acupuncture is a practice you can implement right away as a part of your self-care regime. Not only will you be helping your future-self, but your present-self will also notice the benefits. Improved sleep, increased energy levels, and less stress are some of the noticeable effects reported after just a few treatments.

Source: Giovani Maciocia

The mind-heart connection - Illustrated by Dong Hoang

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