Oriental medicine refers to it as the Emperor. Natural Medicine views
this as 50% of the immune system. Art and literature see this as the
source of love and compassion. We call it the heart and this is the topic
of this blog. The heart is considered to be the most important of all the
internal organs. Its functions include the following:
1. Governs the blood. The heart is the major organ that circulates the
blood throughout the 70,000 miles of blood vessels (yes, that is seventy
thousand miles). (The lungs are the second.)
2. Controls the blood vessels. The state of the heart’s energy is
reflected in the state of the blood vessels. If strong, the vessels will
be in good shape and the pulse will be strong and steady. Frequent
bruising point to a heart weakness. 3. The heart is said to manifest in
the complexion. Since one of the heart’s functions is to distribute the
blood throughout the body, the state of the heart can be viewed in the
If the blood is abundant and the heart strong, the complexion will be
viewed as rosy and lustrous. If deficient, the face will be pale. If
stagnant, the complexion will be purplish or even blue.
4. The heart “houses” the mind. Traditionally, the heart is the residence
of the mind and governs the mental activities of emotions (particularly
joy and sadness), memory, thinking and sleep.
5. The tongue is considered to be the “offshoot” of the heart. The tip of
the tongue is a diagnostic tool for the heart. If excessively red or
swollen, this can indicate problems with the heart itself. Redness
indicates excess heat. Swelling points to spleen and/or lung related
issues with the heart.Also, continual bitter taste in the mouth is
ususally heart related issues.
6. The heart correlates with sleep and dreams. When the heart is strong,
the person falls asleep quickly and sleeps soundly. The reverse is also
true. In addition, traditionally dreams involving fire or related
components correlate with problems of the heart. Remember – the heart
does not like excessive heat.
7. Finally, the heart controls speech. Problems such as stuttering and
aphasia can be traced to the heart.
In terms of treatments, several volumes can be written on this subject
with ease. I am going to narrow the choices down to the 2 that I have
used the most with great success. They are:
1. Cardio Plus. This is a glandular-based formula from Standard Process.
It can assist the body in rebuilding the heart muscle itself. From high
blood pressure to angina to constipation (the heart muscle being too weak
is the #2 reasons for constipation; dehydration is reason#1) Cardio Plus
2. Of the multitude of herbs available, I use Ren Shen the most. It is
perhaps the most powerful herb in the materia medica and is pinpoint
specific for the heart. Also address emotional aspect of the heart.
Small efforts can produce big results.
Dr. David Orman