What are Emotions?

In the past, people related to emotions as being psychologically based. Now scientific discoveries have shown emotions are physiologically based.


Recent advancements in neuroscience demonstrate that emotions are an interaction between chains of amino acids which form neuropeptides and receptors. Emotions are normal physiological (organi) processes in the body, some of which are pleasant and others which are quite unpleasant.

Just as the physiology of muscles can be affected by subluxations, the physiology of emotions can also be affected. A muscle contracting, when and how you want it to, is normal physiology. When a muscle is in a state of constant contraction (or spasm) at an inappropriate time, it is abnormal physiology, and we seek help to relieve the nerve pressure that is causing it. Similarly, when an emotional response is happening at an inappropriate time, it is also abnormal physiology, and we likewise may seek out help to relieve the nerve pressure that is causing it.

A complex reaction pattern of changes in nervous, visceral, and skeletal-muscle tissues response to a stimulus... As a strong feeling, emotion is usually directed toward a specific person or event and involved widespread physiological changes, such as increased heart rate and inhibition of peristalsis

Where are Emotions?

We feel different emotions in different parts of our body in different ways. The ancient acupuncturists correlated the different emotions to different organ meridians in our body. For example: fear to the kidney, anger to the liver, grief to the lungs, etc. Although the primary locations for the physiology of emotions are in the brain, spine, autonomic nervous system, and acupuncture circuits, emotions do affect any and all parts of the body in a physiological way. Researchers have now demonstrated that emotional biochemicals travel to almost every cell in the body.