Physical symptoms often spur from unhealthy mental-emotional patterns. Here are pains and symptoms that need to be deal with holistically.
Your body is infinitely more intelligent than your thinking mind. Its wisdom is not just analytical but intuitive. While you sleep, while you ignore its many needs in pursuit of intellectual things, while you punish it by skipping meals or overeating, your body faithfully works for you.
The most fascinating aspect of the human body is its ability to reflect what's going on in our head. Research is beginning to confirm what the eastern experts already knew: that the body-mind continuum is real and what happens in the mind has a direct effect on the body. This is why we feel a physical pain in our chest when you experience emotional pain.
Practitioners and individuals across the globe share stories about how their emotional/mental patterns often cause them to feel a physical symptom or disease.
The brain is the center of all actions - voluntary (parasympathetic nervous system) and involuntary (sympathetic nervous system). The way you feel and the thoughts you think trigger neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, epinephrine), which are essential for your center (the brain) to function optimally.
But every thought and corresponding emotion you have changes the biochemistry of your whole body. For example, while the brain is the control center, guess where most of the main neurotransmitters are produced? In your gut. That's why the first thing that is affected when you're emotionally stressed or disturbed is your digestion.
The following are psychosomatic symptoms outlined by Louise Hay, who is a therapist, global thought-leader, speaker, bestselling author, and intuitive healer best known for her work with HIV patients back in the 80s. This list is from her booklet 'You can heal your body,' which is now part of her book 'You Can Heal Your Life.'
Constant Headaches: Self-criticism
Migraine Headaches: Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears.
Breath: Represents the ability to take in life.
– Breathing Problems: Fear. Not trusting the process of life. Getting stuck in childhood. Fear of taking in life fully.
– Bronchitis: Inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling.
Cysts: Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth.
Cystic Fibrosis: A thick belief that life won’t work for you. “Poor me.”
Gallstones: Bitterness. Hard thoughts. Condemning. Pride.
Gray Hair: Stress. A belief in pressure and strain.
Indigestion: Gut-level fear, dread, anxiety. Griping and grunting.
Infection: Irritation, anger, annoyance.
Neck: Represents flexibility. The ability to see what’s back there. Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility. Unbending stubbornness.
Pain: Guilt. Guilt always seeks punishment.
Premenstrual Syndrome: Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of the feminine processes.
Sinus Problems: Irritation to one person, someone close.
Allergies: Not owning your power
Acne: Strong dislike for self
Back Issues: Represents the support of life.
Back Problems: – Rounded shoulders: Carrying the burdens of life. Helplessness and hopelessness.
– Lower Back Pain: Fear of money or lack of financial support.
– Mid-Back Pain: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there. “Get off my back!”
– Upper Back Pain: Lack of emotional support. Feeling unloved. Holding back love
For more symptoms and causes, along with the medical explanation for each, you can check out a book she co-authored with doctor Mona Lisa Schulz 'All is Well."
Studies across the globe confirm links between certain thought patterns and physical symptoms. While it's easy to dismiss them as new-agey or delusional, give yourself the opportunity to understand yourself better and do your bit to heal your way to health.
Note: These are based on individual studies and observations of private practitioners, therapists, healers, and individuals. There is no judgment or criticism attached to the observations made on the above symptoms. While it might be harsh to think we or our loved ones caused ourselves a dis-ease, exploring this with self-compassion and willingness to explore possibilities of healing will help bring about changes.
Disclaimer: These suggestions are NOT to replace medical advice or treatment. Please reach out for assistance to professional doctors for chronic and recurring symptoms.