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How Joy Causes Illnesses According To TCM?

Xi can be translated as elation, le is closer to the contentment aspect of joy. As a cause of disease most of
the focus in the classics is placed on the deleterious effects of excess joy, excess xi. It is xi that is described in Su Wen as making the qi 'loose' (huan), which implies agitation and a loss of control. Excesses of Joy will lead to disharmony in the body and cause us to be sick.

There is a well known story in France that when some very old World War I veterans finally heard that they were to receive a special pension payment, several died within hours of hearing the news. A Chinese proverb states, 'When someone meets a joyful event, the jing-shen flags.' But life is not an endless series of joyful events.

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