Would you guess what is too much in our lives? What prevents us from living more contentedly and what negatively affects our overall health? It's our own thoughts. It's just too many. They're constantly running through our minds and we can't stop them. We have something in our head and we can't let it go. It's like we're on a merry-go-round. We keep going back to the same place, the same idea.
In Chinese medicine, we call it contemplation. And here we mean ruminations of a pathological nature. It's a state where thoughts run through your head that you can't stop. And now a little surprise - according to Chinese medicine, ruminating is related to the Spleen organ.
Chinese medicine divides the body into five systems and each is ruled by one organ. And each of the systems governs one emotion (note: this understanding is not entirely consistent with the understanding of Western psychology, where ruminating is not an emotion). And the Spleen is responsible for thinking. The Spleen is also responsible for digesting food, making Qi and blood from food - the fuel for our body. If the Spleen's Qi energy is weakened, then not only does it poorly digest food, which we perceive as bloating or diarrhea, but it also cannot "digest" different thoughts. This is why we often cannot fall asleep at night.
Another organ that has to do with thinking is our Heart. According to Chinese medicine, the Heart is where the Shen soul resides. Loosely speaking, our psyche. The Heart is responsible for our psychological attunement and also controls all our emotions. including our thinking.
If the Heart is out of balance, then in addition to ruminating, we may perceive, for example, unusual heart palpitations, mental fatigue, concentration problems, forgetfulness, anxiety or depression.
We'll give you three ways to help yourself. The first option is meditation. Don't look for anything mystical or esoteric in meditation. It is a simple method, but a very effective way to control your thoughts and emotions. The only condition is that you must meditate regularly every day.
Just sit on the edge of a chair, pull your body up towards the sky - behind the Bai Hui point (the acupuncture point on the top of your head). As if you were a puppet and pulled upwards by a string. This will straighten the spine. And then all you have to do is watch your breathing. Inhale, exhale... Inhale, exhale... Inhale, exhale... Over and over again.
The thoughts will keep coming, that's normal. But you imagine them as bubbles, observe them and let them float around. Or push them away. But don't evaluate them, don't analyze them. Just observe them and let them float by. They don't concern you. Yes, it's hard at first, but try it gradually. Start with a short meditation for five minutes. And each day, extend the time until you can last 20 minutes. That's enough. Just remember to meditate every day. You'll soon see how your thoughts and emotions will stop controlling you and you'll control them.
Another way to calm the mind is regular exercise and sport. Ideally, movement that engages your mind (e.g. team sports). It must not, however, be too exhausting. Any more loss of energy and blood, on the other hand, can make overthinking worse. Fast walking or Nordic walking is ideal. And feel free to combine walking with meditation. There is a form of meditation called "walking meditation". It's harder than sitting, but after a while you learn this too.
The third option is Chinese herbs - specifically the herbal blend Gui Pi Wan. You can find it at www.YaoMedica.cz under the name Anchored Idea. It is an old herbal recipe that harmonizes the relationship between the Heart and the Spleen. That is, the organs whose imbalance causes compulsive thinking. It's also called the "student blend". Prolonged sitting over books and computers weakens the Spleen organ. Constant studying, thinking and gazing depletes the blood of the Heart, which, moreover, does not even form sufficiently because the Spleen is weaker and weaker. When blood and Qi are really low, thinking ceases to be effective and turns into mere ruminating. Fatigue and sleep disturbances appear. As the Spleen's Qi (and its ability to hold blood in the blood vessels) weakens further, bruising and various types of bleeding occur. Of course, this does not only affect students, but all mentally working people.
So if you have trouble thinking, use the Anchored Idea tincture. It should be taken for at least 2-3 months. But as always, a lot depends on the specific condition.
Chinese medicine also offers other herbal recipes that can harmonize our psychological state:
Dose tinctures according to weight. If you weigh 70 kg, take 70 drops daily, divided into two doses - 35 drops in the morning and 35 drops in the afternoon. Sometimes I recommend adding the same third dose at noon. You want to try it. If you are bothered by the alcohol contained, put the tincture in a cup and pour about 1 dcl of boiling water over it. The alcohol will wear off after about 5 minutes. You can drink it after it has cooled down.
If you are taking the tincture together with vital mushrooms, take the tincture first and the mushrooms after about 15 minutes. And all this on an empty stomach.
Author: Milan Schirlo - traditional Chinese medicine therapist