The Liver and Our Emotional Wellbeing

An Alternative View

From Ancient Greek times, and for a long time in the history of medicine, it has been noted that our internal organs not only affect us physically but they also affect our personality and emotions. This is widely known in the world of Chinese and South American medicine.

Oriental medicine suggests that the liver and gallbladder are a pair, meaning that they affect one another; if one isn’t functioning properly, nether is the other and vice versa.

The emotional state and mental clarity of a person depend on the free flow of energy and blood. It is precisely the liver which controls both, and therefore stabilises the emotional balance in our bodies. A healthy liver provides clear judgment and allows us to make firm decisions.

When we become angry, it is believed that this is due to a build up of blocked energy to the liver. If this happens over a long period of time we may become depressed and experience episodes of irritability, moodiness, anger and violence. Anger is typically suppressed energy from the liver which needs to be released, leading to volcanic eruptions, wanting to scream and hit out. This emotion is considered the most harmful, because it affects our entire energy system.

Image of Chinese Writing which says the words Liver and Wood in English- Accompanying article The Liver and Our Emotional Wellbeing

Bile imbalances are associated with unwillingness to negotiate, anger, excessive worrying, frustration and fear of the unknown. Imbalances may also affect our ability to make decisions and take action.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is the “master of action” and gallbladder it is the “decision maker.” It is important keep both these organs healthy to be a leader. The ability to forecast or anticipate either the inner and outer reality depends on the health of the liver and gallbladder system.

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