Heart and Circulatory Diseases

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the heart is sometimes referred to as the emperor organ, which emphasises its central importance in the health and life of the individual.  Analogously to western medicine, the heart governs the blood and controls the blood vessels, but in TCM it also it said to house the ‘Shen’, variously translated as ‘spirit’ or ‘mind’.

A healthy heart therefore manifests both in an abundant blood supply to all the tissues of the body, and in an emotional positivity and robustness.  TCM treatment of cardiac and circulatory problems aims both at strengthening the heart’s ability to ensure adequate blood supply to the body and in calming and nourishing the mind/spirit.

Whereas in the west we tend to make a hard and fast distinction between the physical body on the one hand, and the mind and emotions on the other, in TCM they are seen to be very deeply intertwined, in fact two facets of the same thing (an obvious example of this is the way mental stress can lead to raised blood pressure).  Thus TCM treatment aims to have an effect on both of these aspects, using therapies such as acupuncture, Qi Gong, meditation and herbal therapy.


The Sean Barkes Clinic does not claim to cure any conventional medical disease states. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to re-establish and maintain the harmonious function of the human body-mind using tried and tested principles that have been discovered and matured over millennia. A Western medical diagnosis provides very little by way of insight in informing a Chinese Medical diagnosis. Patients usually recognise their own condition in terms of the medical disease category that they have been given by their GP or other conventional medical practitioner. The research presented here is merely an indication of the potential to draw parallels between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine.

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