Do you have a stiff neck often? Hiccups and belching leave you speechless? Suffer from irregular sleep or insomnia? Do you experience excessive emotions such as hate, lack of forgiveness, shock or hurt? If so, you may want to understand what your pericardium may be telling you.
What’s a pericardium, you ask? It’s a fluid-filled sac that surrounds the heart and prevents it from over expanding if too much blood volume is present. But in Chinese Medicine, the function of the pericardium may appear very different. It has a great role in protecting the heart emotionally as well.
For the last several months, we have been learning about our 24-hour body clock. Each month we have covered a different organ so in case you missed it, you can read it from the beginning in my prior article titled, “Is Your Hose Kinked?” Be sure to review the archives for the last couple of months to read the articles that support the rest of the body clock. So far we have covered the lungs, the large intestines, the stomach, the spleen/pancreas, the heart, the small intestines, the bladder and the kidneys.*
Each organ has its very own unique set of tasks that it performs daily at a very specific time of day similar to your daily tasks or “in-box” at work. And, just like your life, your organs have to deal with an occasional “emergency” in their day. When your body has a stressor it can impact any number of ways and in the instance of the pericardium, you may find you feel depressed or uneasy during this time of day.
The pericardium holds position number nine in the body clock. The clock starts each day at 3 AM with the lungs and passes the baton every two hours to a different organ throughout the 24-hour clock. This month, our focus will be on the pericardium which begins its daily routine at 7 PM and continues until 9 PM.
The pericardium has a number of functions including:
• Protector of emotions from emotional trauma
• Guides relationship with self and others
• Cools and moves the blood
• Pacifies the stomach
• Helps express the joy of the heart
Often the following symptoms may accompany a pericardium that is not balanced:
• Pain and distention of breast tissue
• Uterine fibroids
• Manic behavior, depression
• Phobias, aversions
• Sexual perversion
• Hiccups and belching
There are a number of ways to address an imbalance in the pericardium such as exercises like Yoga, or Tai Chi.
We are continuing this series next month until we have covered all the organs in the 24 hour body clock. However, if you have low energy during this time or other times of the day, it could also be a food intolerance or adrenal stress. Pinpointing if this happens after you eat is a good indication of a food intolerance. If not, suspect adrenal stress in which case you could benefit greatly from my prior video release called the Tahiti Vacation Relaxation Technique.
Another way to address energy imbalances is through BodyTalk, a modality I use in my practice. A BodyTalk session can be done in person or remotely (over the phone or live video conference such as Zoom). Learn more about BodyTalk and schedule a session.