When treating the emotions in Chinese medicine, it is important to understand the role of tears. In this free course, Dr. Yair Maimon highlights the essential components and meaning of tears in Chinese medicine.
Humans by nature live between heaven and earth. We are always experiencing heaven and earth, are being influenced by them, and have the inherent capacity for both. And, our unique connection to heart through Shen enables us to express who we are as humans.
Tears almost always relate to the heart in one way or another. The heart is the special concentrated essence of the zang, and the eyes are it’s orifice. Thus when human has virtue, the qi in the eyes is harmonious.
The area of the eye, near Bladder 1 contains the most connections to the channels in the body. It is a crossing point for the urinary bladder, the small intestine, stomach, yin qiao, and yang qiao meridians. Our eyes are involved in our day and night awareness, being in tune with natural cycles, the way we experience and grow in the world, and the yang Jing, which is your own story.
Different types of tears can relate to different emotions like pain, compassion, and healing. Tears from specific emotions can be related to their spirit or zang organ. For example, tears of frustration are from the liver, as are tears of hope towards a bright future. The heart produces tears of joy and laughter, as well as loneliness and the longing for oneness.
This free course gives a little bit more of a nuanced understanding of the production of tears in Chinese medicine. Great little addition to the course on Depression and it’s treatment with acupuncture.