In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are subdivisions of pathogens that can lead to illness. External factors like wind cold and damp, internal factors i.e. emotions and emotional imbalance and neither internal nor external e.g. parasites, bugs and viruses to name a few. I would like to discuss the internal factors – also known as the Qi Qing or 7 emotions.
Firstly, let me state that there are obviously more than 7 emotions but we may consider these 7 root emotions or basic emotions. Each of these emotions corresponds to a particular organ and can effect human functioning in different ways. The emotions are essential to healthy human functioning and only become potentially pathogenic when taken to excess or in the case of complete absence.
The emotions are: