The heart is a really fragile and robust organ. It’s the Middle of our being and an extremely vulnerable focal point. The center plays a role in every function of the human body. It can be “hurt”, “missing” and abandoned in San Francisco. It may also “skip a beat” or be assaulted by a stroke. Our heart is our life force and in Chinese medicine it’s the fire element. Yet it may “fail” us, as in heart failure. The center has rhythm and can block, not in a soccer game. Our heart talks to us with sounds and murmurs. There are some men and women who listen to their hearts talk to them while others haven’t listened and might have taken a path of least resistance. There’s time, however, that all of us listen when our heart speaks to us. That time is when there is what’s known as a broken heart.
A broken heart
When the heart is broken, a spectrum of feelings is manifested. These feelings include hurt, pain, anger, sadness, relief and forgiveness. In the process of living with these feelings and going through the experience of having a broken heart, what happens physically and emotionally to women?
In my practice, many women have scheduled an appointment with me for an annual gynecological examination or they were returning for their weekly obstetrical examination. Within the first few minutes of interviewing the patient about her medical history as the previous visit, I realize there’s a strong psychological and physical factor of the visit that’s not directly related to what’s considered a regular exam. Essentially, the psychological and physical elements are indicative of a broken heart. I create a holistic assessment of the patient’s medical history, psychological, spiritual, physical and clinical trials. These cases may warrant a referral to a professional, based on her standing at that moment. A follow up visit is always scheduled.
Through the years, it has been said people have died of a broken heart. As an example, a spouse died and then her husband died from natural causes within a week or a sister died and her sister died obviously very soon afterwards. Were the following deaths just a coincidence or did they die from a broken heart?
Broken Heart Syndrome
Researchers have begun clinically looking at such cases and calling it the Broken Heart Syndrome. In medical care language we call this condition stress Cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle weakness. It can happen after various psychological and physical stressors like fear, surprise, anger and the passing of a loved one. Stress cardiomyopathy affects mostly women and occurs most often in middle aged women and women over age sixty. Many of the women which were studied have no previous history of cardiovascular disease and the majorities are postmenopausal. There isn’t any known reason for the increase frequency in women in those age groups and postmenopausal women particularly. Physical stressors can fuel a stroke or seizure and as mentioned psychological stressors like fear, anger and despair may cause this condition.
Women with dis-stressed can suddenly and unexpectedly experience a heavy feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, abnormal rhythm of the heart, low blood pressure, congestive heart failure and shock. It may be life threatening. She may appear sad, express feelings of despair, lock of concentration and difficulty sleeping at night. The fantastic news is there may also be a speedy and complete recovery.
It is a fantastic complementary therapy. One hundred percent essential oils are more potent than herbs -less is much better than more. They are volatile oils that are obtained directly from the origin, flower petals, leaves or skins of fruit. The purchase price can vary from roughly five dollars to several hundred dollars for a half oz. It takes 2000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of oil. Therefore there’s a variance in the expense of essential oils. The critical oils widely utilised to restore the heart are Rose Otto, Jasmine sambac, Neroli, Rosewood, and Lavender. Essential oil blends may be used through inhalation and application procedures. They can be inhaled using a diffuser, sniffed straight from the jar (less costly oils) or they may be utilised in the bath/shower or via vapor and nebulizer. They may be applied by massage or as perfume oil.
Lavender has a long history as a medicine and perfume. In Chinese medicine it circulates heart Qi. It can restore energy, relieve tension and calm a person. Dried lavender buds could be added to the bath or a tea can be made from the dried herb. To make one note lavender cologne oil add three drops of 100 percent Highland or Bulgarian lavender essential oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a secure carrier oil, will not rancid and is relatively odorless.
The benefits of essential oils are numerous. However, care must be taken in using them. Aromatherapy is extremely technical. One oil Can cancel out the effects of a different oil. Some oils are toxic and what may benefit a single person may have no impact on another person. One fragrance may be agreeable to one person and offensive to another. Determine which oil is ideal for you. Our behavior is influenced by the aromatic odor. They also help the body control itself and come into equilibrium.