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In February I thought it would be apt for you to think about your heart. It is the king of all organs.

Did you know in embryology the same cells are used to create the brain, the heart and the lining of the intestines. There are also more neural pathways from the heart to the brain, than from the brain down. The heart plays a crucial role not only in keeping us alive, but also the quality of that life.

In Chinese medicine the heart is the centre of the emotions, it is strengthened by joy, peace, love and laughter. It is weakened by anger, stress, hate, loneliness and sadness.

When treating someone with heightened emotions I will often be treating points on the heart meridian which runs from under the arm, finishing at the tip of the 4th finger (the ring finger) When the emotions are high, patients present with symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, palpitations, sweating. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease are increasingly common, and I have no doubt it’s linked to the fast-paced, busy, stressful lives so many of us are living.

You can help nourish your heart by smiling, spreading the joy of a smile not only makes you feel better but can also help someone else, don’t underestimate the power of a smile from a stranger.

Eating red food. Start planning your valentine meal with all the red foods you can think of.

Vitamin D, being outside, going for a walk, breathing deeply. Raising your heartrate through movement, for 20 mins, 3 times a week.

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