.Often, pain is a result of inflammation caused by injury or disease. How do your emotions affect inflammation? How do your emotions affect pain? In a recent published study in the journal Emotion and summarized in an article in Psychology Today, having a diversity of positive emotions: active, alert, amused, at ease, attentive, calm, cheerful, determined, enthusiastic, excited, happy, inspired, interested, proud, relaxed, and strong - reduces inflammation. The study followed 175 adults, ages 40 - 65 years, and measured blood markers of inflammation; IL-6, CRP, and fibrinogen. 30 days later those who on a daily basis experienced a breadth and abundance of positive emotions daily had lower circulating levels of inflammation.
This reaffirms the interconnectedness of emotions and their effect on health, In Chinese Medicine, our physical and emotional states are intimately intertwined. Positive feelings and help promote health so practice some 'emodiversity'. We tack on these emojis on our texts and emails daily, let us feel these 16 positive emotions daily to reduce our inflammation and susceptibility to disease.
I chose the name hedgehog blog because hedgehogs are cute and they look like they are acupuncture models with their "needles" covering their bodies. I hope these blog posts educate and inform you about Chinese Medicine and Wellness.