Neutering Your Dog…Why, When and How

As a dog owner it is sometimes difficult to make decisions about what is right for your pet, especially with many veterinarians and pet professionals having at times conflicting views on the pros and cons of neutering. This article aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding neutering and enable you to make an informed choice on this important issue.

Neutering a male is a procedure known as castration. It involves complete removal of the testes via a small surgical incision between the penis and the scrotum. Dogs do not have vasectomies like humans do as they are usually neutered for reasons other than birth control. There have been several occasions where owners have been unaware of this fact until the operation has been done, causing resentment in some cases. The pros and cons of castration will be discussed shortly.

Neutering a female is a procedure known as spaying. It usually involves an ovariohysterectomy, removal of the ovaries and uterus via a surgical incision over the belly button. Note how this differs with the equivalent human procedure, a hysterectomy, where only the uterus is removed. Again this is because female dogs are neutered for other reasons in addition to birth control where removal of the ovaries is beneficial.

Why should I neuter my dog?

For males, the reasons in favor of castration are:

1. Birth control. If you also own a bitch that has not been spayed, this will prevent unwanted pregnancies.
2. Stopping territorial behavior such as urine marking.
3. Stopping sexual behavior such as masturbation (humping cushions, teddies etc).
4. Reducing dominance aggression.
5. Eliminating the possibility of testicular cancer later in life.
6. Reducing the likelihood of prostate disease later in life.

The arguments against castration in male dogs are:

1. Weight gain. Castration usually leads to undesirable weight gain, which in itself can cause or exacerbate diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Castrated dogs should have their food intake decreased by 20% to accommodate this change and prevent obesity.
2. The anesthetic risk. With every general anesthetic there is a risk, but in a young fit dog that risk is very, very low.
3. Other potential complications. These are very rare and usually easily resolved and include infection, bleeding into the scrotum and herniation.
4. The cost. This will vary hugely between clinics, and depend upon the size of the dog.

For females, the reasons in favor of spaying are:

1. Birth control. Unwanted pregnancies are a hassle, if they occur you have the responsibility of terminating the pregnancy (this can be done via a simple injection soon after mating), paying for any complications with the birth (Caesarian sections are expensive) or finding loving homes for the puppies.
2. Stopping the bitch from having seasons during which blood is dripped from the vulva over the floor in your home.
3. Stopping erratic behavior associated with being on heat.
4. Decreasing the likelihood of breast cancer later in life.
5. Eliminating the risk of developing a pyometra, a life threatening infection of the uterus.
6. Eliminating the risk of ovarian or uterine cancer.

The argument against spaying in females are:

1. Weight gain. Spaying usually leads to undesirable weight gain, which in itself can cause or exacerbate diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Spayed dogs should have their food intake decreased by 20% to accommodate this change and prevent obesity.
2. The anesthetic risk. With every general anesthetic there is a risk, but in a young fit bitch that risk is very, very low.
3. Other potential complications. There include infection, breakdown of the abdominal wound and internal bleeding. These are very rare and usually easy to resolve.
4. Spayed bitches are more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence in old age. However, this type of incontinence is easily controlled by medication if it occurs.
5. The cost. This will vary hugely between clinics, and depend upon the size of the bitch.

When should I neuter my dog?

The answer is it varies with the breed. For male dogs, they should be approaching skeletal maturity, i.e. their bones should be almost fully grown. In small breed dogs such as terriers, this can be around 6 months of age but larger breeds mature more slowly, and should be castrated at nearer 1 year old. If the reason for castration is to alter the behavior of the dog, then it must be done at the earliest opportunity so that the behavior does not get engrained.

Bitches should be spayed just before or 3 months after their first season. Doing it early in this fashion minimizes the chances of the bitch getting mammary tumors later in life. Leaving it until the bitch has had 2 seasons means you are missing this window, and the advantage is lost. As with male dogs, small breed bitches mature more quickly than larger breed bitches and so will have their first season earlier, sometimes as early as 6-7 months old. There is no significant difference in before or after the season, but it must be the first season.

It is a bad idea to spay a bitch during a season as the uterus is swollen with a larger blood supply then, so the risk of bleeding is increased. Hence vets like to leave it until 3 months after the season, when the uterus has shrunk again and the surgery is easier and safer. It is also a false myth that it is healthier for a bitch to let her have a litter before spaying her. This simply means you miss your optimal spaying window and lose the ability to prevent breast cancer later in life.

How do I get my dog neutered?

Very easily. Both castration and spaying are routine operations performed by virtually all veterinary clinics, often on a daily basis. Before booking your dog in to be neutered your vet will need to do a quick clinical examination to check your dog is ready for the operation. This will usually involve just listening to the heart and lungs to confirm there is no underlying disease that might jeopardize an anesthetic. In male dogs, the testes are felt to make sure they have descended properly. If they have not, a more complex procedure might be necessary to remove them. In bitches, the mammary glands are often felt to check she is not lactating as this can complicate the surgery.

Once booked in, your vet will usually ask you to starve your dog from midnight the night before the operation, to ensure he/she has an empty stomach at the time of surgery. The dog is then dropped off at the clinic and usually collected later on that day. Dogs having routine neutering rarely have to stay at the clinic overnight, they usually go home with an Elizabethan collar to protect their stitches and a wagging tail!

How To Lose Weight To Cure Cancer

It was in the headlines in a national newspaper two days ago as of this writing. The front page caption was “Lose Weight To Cure Cancer”. When i read it i some how laughed to myself. This is something i have known for a long time. Infact i helped my aunt cure herself by urging her to lose weight a few years ago.

Yes a few years ago my aunt had Leukemia. Now she is in remission and has never felt better. But before i tell you how she did lose weight to cure cancer, let me tell you a little bit about this type of cancer called Leukemia.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a form of cancer that starts in the stem cells of the bone marrow that make blood cells. Bone marrow is a soft spongy material that fills up the centre of the bones where also the blood is made. Then the blood stem cells develop into myeloid stem cells or lymphoid stem cells.

Lymphoid stem cells develop into 1 of 3 types of mature stem cells.

1) Red blood cells: These carry oxygen to tissues of the body.
2) Platelets: These form clots in damaged blood cells to prevent bleeding.
3) White blood cells: These are also called granulocytes and monocytes. They destroy bacteria and help to prevent infection.

Then we have Lymphoid stem cells that develop into lymphocytes. They are usually found in the lymph nodes and lymphatic system.

Leukemia developes when the blood stem cells in the bone marrow make abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are then called leukemia cells. As time goes by the leukemia cells take over the normal cells and make it hard for the white and red blood cells to do their job.

Now that you have a little bit of knowledge on what leukemia is let me tell you how my aunt cured herself with out drugs or chemotherapy. As you may know i am not a medical doctor but i am a weight loss expert so it was only natural for me to suggest to my aunt to practice some alternative health methods.

This is what i told her to do:

Fast For Five Days:

When i told my aunt that she had to fast for five days without food but only water she was terrified. But in the end she did it. The first two days were the toughest but but after that it was easy. Fasting removes all toxins from the body which cause the cancer in the first place.

Eat Raw Food:

Yes raw food. I got my aunt on the Paleo diet which consists of 90% raw food. The only food she did not eat raw was the lean beef because these days the cows are given antibiotics before they are slaughtered. All she was to eat was every type of vegetable and fruit she could lay her hands on, coupled with meat of course, chicken, fish, nuts and seeds. She was not to eat simple sugars, white bread or grains because these foods encourage the growth of cancer cells.

An Exercise Program.

My aunt is 66 years old a had never exercised in her life so i slowly led her into walking her dog for an hour a day to running for half an half a day. Then she started to incorporate some body weight exercises into the mix in the likes of press ups, deep knee bends and crunches or sit ups.

Getting Vitamin D from the early morning sun.

Even if you live in an area where the sun does not shine always expose your self outside in the morning. That is what i told my aunt to do. during winter she took herbal vitamin D capsules to supplement her diet.

I can tell you, after three years of telling and showing her how to lose weight to cure cancer she cured herself. She is so happy now and ever thankful to me showing her what to do.

The Facts About Radon

The media seems to be constantly trying to scare people with the latest disease, germ or danger just waiting to harm their families. It would be easy to lump radon into this category; after all, it’s a hot topic right now and its effects can sometimes sound a bit dramatic. But the truth is that radon is more harmful than you might think.

Radon is a radioactive carcinogen gas that is released from the soil and can travel through homes. Many soils in the United States contain uranium that decays over time and produces radium and polonium. When radon is released with the polonium, it makes the air and water it’s in contact with have a high toxicity level. It’s these gases that can be dangerous to a human’s health, especially because radon cannot be detected by smell, taste or vision.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that radon causes 21,000 deaths a year from lung cancer, and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. In fact, in 2005, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard H. Carmona issued a national health advisory on radon. Symptoms of lung cancer are limited, and they tend to lie dormant until they become severe.

The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested for radon below the third floor. EPA also recommends testing in schools. And if a building has a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more, the homeowner should call in a radon mitigation professional to reduce the levels. The EPA writes that some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%, and that even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.

The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) says that radon has become a worldwide health risk in homes. Dr. Maria Neira of WHO said, “Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low and medium dose exposures in people’s homes.”

The EPA writes that radon can get into any type of building (houses, schools, office buildings, etc.) through a number of ways:

-Cracks in solid floors
-Construction joints
-Cracks in walls
-Gaps in suspended floors
-Gaps around service pipes
-Cavities inside walls
-The water supply

Prevention is the only surefire method for battling lung cancer. Radon mitigation can help protect you and your family from the potential dangers of radon by reducing the levels of radon gas in your home. Have a professional test your home for radon today.

Fertility testing: what is it and why should you go for it?

If a couple are trying to conceive a child but are unable to do so for more than a year, one should consider going to a doctor and getting fertility tests done. A fertility test basically determines why a couple is facing problems with pregnancy.

It is generally recommended that the male and female partner go for fertility testingtogether. This is because the first time a couple visits the doctor, he inquires about their medical history and the kind of lifestyle they lead. Certain questions that he may put forth are about-

Long term or recent health conditions
Current medication
Addiction to smoking or alcohol
Excess caffeine intake
Frequency of sex
Birth control history
Problems with sex
Problems with Sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Certain questions that he may ask the female partner are along the line of-

A prior pregnancy
Irregular periods
Cases of spotting
Appearance of large blot clots
Depending on the answers to the above questions doctors recommend fertility tests for women and men alike.

Why take an infertility test?

A couple should opt for an infertility test to determine the exact cause and extent of the problem, so that relevant treatment can be started. A successful treatment will allow the couple to conceive and nurture a child happily. Fertility testing makes couple realise exactly what is wrong with them, so that they can seek treatment and make necessary changes in lifestyle. This to a great extant also proves to control future complications.

Some fertility tests for women are-

Pap smear a Pap smear is a test which effectively detects health conditions like cervical cancer or an STD, which may be interfering with pregnancy.
Thyroid tests- detects hormonal issues
Hysterosalpingogram- X-rays of the fallopian tube along with the uterus, to check for damage or blockage.
Hysteroscopy- Uses a flexible tube, put inside the uterus to detect problems
Laparoscopy- A surgery which checks the pelvis region for any damage.
Some fertility tests for men are-

Semen analysis- it determines the sperm count and quality of sperms.
Scrotal ultrasound- The ultrasound helps detect scrotal problems
Hormone testing- done to check hormone imbalance
Genetic tests- done due to low sperm count
Testicular biopsy- to determine if there is a blockage that is preventing sperm transfer.
A couple should get an infertility test done to find out the exact cause of the problem so that they can receive relevant treatment and try for a baby thereafter.

How to Fight Cancer – The Dogs To The Rescue

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic have successfully treated cancer in dogs, and this could lead to an interesting new strategy on how to fight cancer in people as well.

At the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Joseph A. Bauer, PhD presented findings, building on more than 60-years of research effort to developing a B12 based attack against cancer.

The story begins with a “miracle dog” by the name of Oscar, a ten year old Bichon Frise who had a very aggressive type of cancer known as anal sac adenocarcinoma.

After being treated with the standard chemotherapy and radiation, with no improvement, poor Oscar was left unable to walk and with about three months to live.

As a last hope, Oscar was given a potentially cancer killing medicine known as nitrosylcobalamin (NO-Cbl for short).

Within 14 days his cancer had improved significantly and he was back on his feet.

This compound has now been given to other dogs with equally promising results and no negative side effects. This drug targets cancer cells like a “Trojan horse”, delivered by being hidden inside something that looks harmless or beneficial.

The medication is made of nitric oxide that’s attached to vitamin B12. Researchers know that receptors on cell surfaces will attract the vitamin and assist it in getting into the cell.

The compound works because cancer cells have extra B12 receptors. Once inside, the nitric oxide is released and the cell dies. Genius, pure genius.

Bauer’s and his team is ultrasound and MRI imaging to monitor tumor sizes in all three of the dogs currently undergoing treatment.

After 9 months of NO-Cbl the spinal tumor of a 6 year old golden retriever, Buddy, has been shrunk by 40%, and the thyroid cancer of a 13 year old female giant schnauzer has shrunk by 77% in just ten weeks of treatment.

A fourth dog, Haley, also a golden retriever, is being treated for a spinal tumor. And once the team treated ten dogs successfully with the drug, they’ll attempt to get FDA approval to test the medication in people.

Bauer believes firmly that what works in these animals holds promise for treating their owners as well. Despite what you might think, mice aren’t the only good subjects to use for such research.

He points out that people and dogs are genetically similar – Similar to make a case for approval from the FDA.

Interesting to know that the National Cancer Institute collects data on pets, which makes sense if you think about it.

After all, they breathe the same air as we do; drink the same water as we do and eat processed foods just as we do.

“We are one of the few research groups that is offering to treat dogs with cancer that otherwise have no hope,” Bauer makes clear. “With no other options available, most people in this situation opt to euthanize so that their pets don’t go through the pain of disease and trauma of surgery.”

The good news for dog owners is that this treatment also offers hope for a faithful friend who may be one of the estimated 6 million dogs in the U.S. alone diagnosed with cancer each year.

It’s a rare thing for research to uncover a treatment that can be used for animals, and may realistically hold promise for people on how to fight cancer.

How Electronics Have Changed The Medical World

Electronic devices have altered the face of medicine. The present electronics revolution is sure to affect the manner in which health professionals monitor and manage patients and how they treat diseases. This will also affect the future costs of health care.

The effect of electronics in medicine is visible in several ways. Its well-known that the quality and availability of health care depend to a large extent on modern diagnostic, monitoring, and prosthetic electronic devices. These include wearable electronics to check vital signs, ingestible “pillcams” for common tests, and powerful imaging systems to find diseases. New devices like ultrasonic imaging systems and blood flow meters have unique performance needs that can be met by innovative electronics. So the impact of electronics on health care is now visible in this modern age of revolutionary medical devices.

Electronic healthcare is poised to change the manner in which physicians practice medicine. Electronic medical records with unique programs can benefit patients, minimize unnecessary medical tests, and enable pharmacies to send out prescriptions. With the use of electronic communication, doctors can easily attend to patients’ concerns while the Internet gives full access to medical literature.

A study from the Boston University School of Medicine revealed that doctors who utilize an automated, electronic medical record tracking system to check on patients with an abnormal Pap test can increase patient safety and care compared to those who rely on conventional monitoring methods.

Researchers say that cervical cancer screening with a Pap test will only succeed with the proper follow-up rate. If a patient has a Pap test but fails to receive the appropriate follow-up for an abnormal result, that patient misses the chance to prevent or treat pre-cancerous lesions or cervical cancer, making the Pap test ineffective.

As electronic devices become more popular and advanced, so does the need for high-quality parts including resistors.

How to Get Rid of Freckles Fast Naturally

Freckles on the face is very small, flat, round and brown spot. There are two types of ephelides of Freckles and lentigines. Ephelids occur during the winter and in the summer fade away, but lentigines do not fade in winter. The color is darker than Lentigines ephelides. Sometimes overlapping of freckles look bigger in size. Some faces as it sometimes appears where some people live for long in the face freckles. Freckles typically occur at a young age.

Causes of Freckles

Usually the heavy sun freckles, hereditary factors, melanin (skin color), skin cancer, due to hormonal disorder causes. To absorb the sun’s rays because there is less melanin in fair skin, fair skin, freckles also a factor.

Symptoms of Freckles

Freckles small red or brown instead of the common symptoms of skin irritation appear on the skin are skin becomes rough and flaking, red hair, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and appearance.
Home Remedies for how to get rid of Freckles fast

1. Wash your face with yogurt. Lactic acidpromotes soft skin irritation or dryness of the bark from zero.

2. Lemon juice under your favorite cream, orange juice, and red currant juice mixed with equal amount of natural parsley juice (or parsley infusion) will help you keep your freckles invisible.

3. Apply the cream on your face. Do not rinse this mask off completely, with a moisturizer gently wipe it with a soft top tissueand.

4. Lemon juice is a tried and tested remedy for how to get rid of freckles fast. Apply lemon juice with your fingers on the affected area, the lemon juice and black spots bleaches.

5. Such as apricots, strawberries, fruit and vegetable masks to be with regular use, cucumbersand will help to lighten red currant freckles.

6. Heat a little honey and apply to face, tap face gently with your fingers. Honey with warm water to wash and rinse with cold water. Before you apply a small amount of wheat germ Stir in honey.

7. Horseradish juice or horseradish vinegar, or oatmeal is also helpful in lightening freckles on the skin and dabbed.

8. Will help you keep how to get rid of freckles fast invisible apply under your favorite cream, lemon juice , orange juice , and red currant juice, parsley juice mixed with equal amount.

9. Before going to bed at night, apply odorless castor oil or vitamin E.

10. Dissolve the sugar in the juice of a lemon. Apply mixture to each freckle with a brush.

11. Grind yellow mustard in milk and apply on the face during the night. Wash your face the next morning.

12. Sour cream application also helps how to get rid of freckles fast. But the cream does not wash off, just wipe it with a soft cloth or tissue paper. Sour cream, lemon juice works similar to the acid content.

13.Use fruit and vegetable masks and best option how to get rid of freckles fast. That give fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and contain skin look shiny. They only help how to get rid of freckles fast, but it did not improve the skin ‘s natural health.

Mohs Surgery: A Blessing For Skin Cancer Patients

Skin cancer is a common form of cancer which usually can be treated in its initial stage, just like any other cancerous growth in our body. There are three types of skin cancer:

1. Basal cell cancer: It is the most common type of skin cancer which does not kill a person but causes serious skin damage in the long run. It occurs usually on the head and neck.

2. Squamous cell cancer: This kind of cancer can affect different parts of the body (skin, lips, lungs, and mouth to name a few).

3. Melanoma- Even though it is less common than the other two, melanoma causes most of the deaths related to skin cancer.

Mohs surgery is the best option to effectively remove cancerous cells from a patient’s skin. Developed in 1930 by Dr. Frederic Mohs, this technique preserves the tissue while removing all traces of the cancer from the patient. Local anesthesia is used on a patient undergoing Mohs surgery. Minneapolis, MN and other cities as well have some good medical centers that carry out this procedure under a trained dermatologist.

One of the biggest advantages of Mohs surgery is its success rate. Most skin cancer patients who undergo Mohs surgery are cured. Those suffering from basal and squamous cell cancer enjoy a high cure rate. In some cases, melanoma patients are also rid of their cancer cells through Mohs surgery. As mentioned before, Mohs microscopic surgery tries to retain as much of the healthy skin and tissue as possible. This is especially important when the operation is being done on the face or neck of the patient.

After the tumor is removed, the surgeon may close up the open wound. If the area affected is large then a plastic surgeon can easily cover up the operated area. Mohs surgery has given new hope to people suffering from skin cancer. Most people think that cancer (of any form) is an incurable disease. However, Mohs surgery proves that there is a way to fight cancer and defeat it.

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer then you should opt for Mohs surgery. Minneapolis, MN is home to a good many dermatology centers where this type of surgery is performed by an experienced dermatologist. Before the operation he/she will tell you about the procedure and what you should expect. All in all, early detection and removal of skin cancer cells is vital.

Melanoma Skin Cancer Detection: What it Involves

Cancer is an example of the most typical and deadly sorts of cancer of the skin somebody can develop. Skin carcinoma typically can be incredibly threatening and even dangerous, and so naturally you’re going to need to take all of the preventative measure that you can to guard yourself from this illness and keep yourself from developing it.

Skin cancer treatment is something that no one wants to have to go through, and at least if your skin cancer is detected early enough you should be able to treat it successfully, without worry. This is where melanoma skin cancer detection becomes active, and why you’ll need to take melanoma skin cancer detection so seriously.

What it Involves

Cancer epidermal carcinoma detection can imply a few different steps, but more than anything melanoma skin cancer detection means you should keep a watch on your body. You will want to routinely check your skin and get in to see your doctor right away if you find any moles or other markings on your body that are different from before or which were not there before.

If you see this kind of thing and talk to your GP about melanoma skin cancer detection then they’re going to be ready to go thru with all of the vital processes and ensure that you are correctly checked out and inspected to see whether there’s a detection of skin cancer.

Also for proper melanoma skin cancer detection you are going to want to go through a run through with your doctor on your family history and other factors that could make you more likely to develop skin cancer. Your physician should be asking you these kind of queries on a constant basis about your wellbeing and family history and which are going to help them make decisions as to whether it’s likely for you to develop carcinoma of the epidermis yourself.

Also keep in mind that melanoma is only one of various types of cancer that a person can develop and so you want to take all the steps necessary in order to prevent yourself from developing any type of skin cancer.

Even the simplest things that you do can have a huge effect on your health and keep you from developing a disease such as skin cancer, and this includes putting on sunscreen before going outside every day if the sun is out and even when it is cloudy because there are still UV rays coming through.

Sadness, Grief, Anger, Resentment – How Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help

In life there are many genuine reasons to grieve, to feel sad, to get angry or to feel resentful. The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, being disregarded in your work or personal life, the ongoing challenges of the material world that we live in, not feeling fulfilled, dysfunctional relationships, broken relationships, the loss of a pet …the list is almost endless.

What makes the situation even more difficult is that in today’s society we are often under so much stress that the emotion is not given permission to vent or surface properly, which can lead to other difficult emotions and stronger feelings of sadness, grief, anger etc. and it is a self perpetuating situation.

A Look At Sadness, Grieving & Western Medicine
If you are sad or grieving and you live in a “western civilised country” then you may consider going to a doctor. Friends and family may be supportive, but as the emotion/s persists you and your support group may feel there is no better option. In many cases, depending on how the patient expresses these emotions, the doctor may decide to prescribe anti-depressants to help them.

There may be some cases where as a temporary measure this can appear to help, and unfortunately many other cases where it is the slippery slope to a dependency on prescription drugs.

Of course there are also doctors who may recommend counselling or some form of talk therapy, to give the patient the opportunity to deal with and vent the emotion/s.

Regardless of the route that is chosen, Western medicine does not recognise that certain emotions are linked to specific organs, and can therefore have either a detrimental effect or a balancing effect, depending on the degree and type of emotion experienced.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Recognises Relationships Between Emotions And Organs
However traditional Chinese medicine does recognise the relationship between emotions and organs, and it is an integral aspect of how both traditional Chinese acupuncturists and herbalists practice.

Even if you have no interest in going to a traditional Chinese medical practitioner, I have found that even by observing shifts in general well being, when you understand the inter-relationships between emotions and organs, can give some helpful indications of how to begin re-balancing these imbalances.

For example, doing something creative that you enjoy can give you these type of signals. Walking in nature can also do the same, as can reading something enriching. These are only a handful of examples of potentially balancing activities. Please note that although these are helpful, it would be highly recommended to visit a good practitioner who will help you re-balance thoroughly.

In traditional Chinese Medicine there are 7 emotions which are:

1. Anger
2. Anxiety
3. Fear
4. Fright
5. Grief
6. Joy
7. Pensiveness

Each of these is associated to a different organ or organs. Let’s look very briefly at what these are.

1. Anger which encompasses anger as we know it, as well as resentment, frustration and irritability is linked to the liver.

2. Anxiety is connected to the lungs.

3. Fear or perceived fear is linked to the kidneys.

4. Fright is a sudden experience that will initally affect the heart but over time as the fright converts into a conscious fear, then it will also affect the kidneys.

5. Grief has a direct connection to the lungs and if it passes the stage of normal initial grief and manifests into chronic grief, then it may weaken the lungs.

6. Joy is related to the heart. In traditional Chinese medicine the emotion of joy refers to an agitated overexcited state.

7. Pensiveness in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) refers to over thinking or too much mental stimulation, which relates to the spleen.

These short snippets barely touch on the relationships, which are rather complex and also encompass the five elements (wood, earth, fire, metal and water). However my intention is to introduce the subject at this time, and to examine it in terms of the difficult emotions of sadness and grief, which is illustrated in the following case study.

A Case Study – Grief, Sadness, Stress, Anger And Resentment
A patient of Dr. Jingduan Yang, who is a fourth generation doctor of Chinese medicine, a board certified psychiatrist and a contributor to the Huffington post, is a good case study of grief, sadness, anger, resentment and stress.

This patient, whom he calls “Nancy”, a woman of 30, had been suffering with lower abdomen pain for 3 months, which got worse after drinking cold drinks or eating oily food. A doctor she had attended had prescribed her medication which attacked the symptoms but not the cause, after not being able to discover any physical signs of infection, cancer, inflammation or other tangible condition.

However upon attending Dr. Jingduan Yang, it became apparent that her symptoms were indeed her friends and were desperately trying to tell her something important. “Nancy” had been ignoring the grief of losing a long term friend, which was combined with five years of stress of almost constant relocation and professional pressure.

A difficult routine, eating habits that were not conducive to a balanced life and health, married with grief, sadness, anger and resentment were brought back into balance by a combined holistic approach, which incorporated a course of acupuncture, herbal remedies, meditation, qi gong, and improved dietary and eating habits. This lady was helped to re-balance, as well as understanding the messages which her symptoms were giving and taking part in practices which gave her back more responsiblity over her own health.

Grief and sadness are recognised in Chinese medicine to weaken the normal energy flow (qi) of the lungs as well as the large intestines.

Anger and resentment (a form of anger) are recognised to create blockages of energy (qi) and blood in the liver and gallbladder channels. In turn this can result in pain, mood swings, indigestion, insomnia and dysmenorrhea.

This is one case study of hundreds of thousands of studies that traditional Chinese practitioners have all around the world. Even if you feel sceptical about trying TCM, remember it has, and continues to help millions of people deal with the root cause of their imbalances and not just the symptoms. It is a great way to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit. It can help you understand and deal with your emotions before they become chronic, and can help you re-discover parts of yourself that became drowned in pools of stress and chronic emotions.

If you have been feeling any or some of these emotions, it can be a great relief to deal with them with the aid of a good practitioner.