Up to 65% of the cells of the heart are neurons, exactly like those in the brain. The heart thinks, remembers, regulates immunity and stores information which it distributes throughout the body. The brain informs the heart of its general emotional state and the heart encourages the brain to make mutually beneficial intelligent responses.
The heart is not just a pump, but the conductor of a cellular symphony that generates the very essence of our being.
Western medicine's emerging fields of psychoneuroimmunology, physiopsychology, and neurocardiology are recognizing the intelligence of the heart and are beginning to reach conclusions that are consistent with Oriental Medicine's theory that the heart houses the mind and is the seat of emotion.
Heart patients frequently experience depression, confusion, lingering anger and other unpleasant emotional states after open heart surgery, coronary by-pass and to a lesser degree after interventional procedures such as stent placement or ablation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine doctrine admonishes doctors to never sedate the heart, but this is exactly what many modern heart medications do, frequently resulting in depression and mental lethargy. Elderly patients may become confused.
Unpleasant mental or emotional states after heart surgery or heart medications can be tenacious conditions frustrating to patients as well as their physicians. In such cases patient’s often benefit from the energy cardiology treatments of acupuncture medicine.