|Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 13:53: |
An interesting question which was brought up in the http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Traditional_Chinese_Medicine/messages by Dr.K.:
I've always wondered, when people laugh too much they have tears in their
Why is that?
I thought this may be of interest in this forum too...
|Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 13:55: |
This is an interesting question Dr. K. and is in the line of
questions that only Chinese medicine can give an answer to. I don't
think that W.M. can come up with answers to such riddles that are
interwoven in the complexity of our system as a whole.
Chinese medicine maintains that the eyes are the reflection of our
spirit-shen. The classics say that one's spirit can be detected
through the eyes. Fluctuations of mood such as joy, saddness or
anger (all of which may produce tears in the eyes) may undoubtedly
be seen in the eyes of a person. The classics also say that the
liver Qi pours into the eyes. Liver fluid - via the 5 elements (your
speciality Dr. K ;-) ) is tears. When a person experiences a sudden
emotional change (happiness, anger-frustration, grief) this causes
an upward surge of energy driven by the liver. This is also why the
face change their color and expression while there is an extreme
emotional change. Thus, liver Qi moving abruptly upward to the head
and eyes region produces tears - a fluid associated with the wood
|Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 15:40: |
Continuing the conundrum:
As posted earlier, people madly engaged in laughter 'tear' in the eyes, while
some who are grief stricken, with broken heart, are dry eyed.
'Mirth makes her seem oddly, as though she weeps
While Grief resides dry-eyed, and stern demeanor keeps.'
Like Emperor Huang Di, who had a lot of time on his hands, one asks,
trying to keep a straight face: "O Ch'i Po, why is it thusly?"
|Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 15:55: |
Here's a 5 Elemental smartfoot jig:
That which is in the qi, often comes to the eyes.
Anger has Red eyes
Joy has Wet eyes
Obsessing has Damp eyes
Grief has Dry eyes
Fear has Cold eyes.
Why is that?
|Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 16:44: |
Well, this is self evident. It is in accordance with the energetic properties of the 5 elements. Cold-Kidneys-fear/ Hot-red-anger, etc. Yet, tears, as mentioned above, may be seen in sudden joy as well as in sudden anger or grief. BTW, in reality, grief is of course the most common reason for tears despite the above quotation.
nan ching boy
|Posted on Friday, June 04, 2004 - 07:58: |
An interesting thing about grief and tears is that too many tears can lead to the inability to produce tears. A person will still "cry" with all the facial expressions and bodily movements associated with crying, but without tears...indicating a yin exhaustion.