“Scared to death” is a phrase we hear sometimes, but can that actually happen? Is it really possible to be scared to death? There are two situations when a person can be scared to death:
1) The onset of a sudden/accidental and unbearable fright in which the spirit is strongly stimulated and the brain secretes emergency hormones (such as adrenaline) into the bloodstream. If there is too much secretion, the blood vessels will expand rapidly and the blood flows like a flood, impacting the heart and rupturing the heart muscle. This causes sudden cardiac arrest and immediate death.
2) A person can also be scared to death if they experience continuous, horror-emotion stimulation. This leads to the collapse of the human mind, and self-regulatory functions of the human body are paralyzed. In the end, the function of multiple organs fail. For example, a patient misdiagnosed with lung cancer dies within a month, but the autopsy revealed no tumor is found in the body. This patient’s cause of death was determined to be fear. The impact of emotion on disease is often most obvious in cancer patients.
Our body has self-regulating functions. They coordinate and stabilize various organs in the body. There is also adaptability to the external environment. For example, if the weather is very hot, the body will automatically open skin pores and sweat, dissipating heat. If we stay in the air-conditioned room for a long time, the skin pores will automatically close, reducing the loss of body temperature.
The self-adjusting function can also resist various endogenous or foreign pathogenic factors, and it can naturally repair/recover from disease. However, anxiety and fear inhibits the body's self-regulating function. Not only can it not complete the function of resisting disease, but even the ability to maintain basic physiological activities is paralyzed. If this state is maintained for an extended period of time, life comes to an end.
Fear of disease, especially so-called incurable diseases, is a common phenomenon that accelerates death.
There are also many cases in our current time reflecting this problem. Many people are afraid of death. The more they are afraid of death, the more nervous they are, and the more anxious they are. Their body’s regulatory functions are inhibited, immune functions are therefore diminished, and thus they are more likely to struggle with disease.
The person who puts disease out of their mind relaxes, so their body’s self-adjusting function and immune functions are less compromised. Even when facing sickness, they may exhibit less symptoms or even no symptoms at all. That is why a patient’s optimism and confidence to defeat disease are among the best medicines that help them recover as soon as possible.
Of course, many prescriptions of Chinese medicine can help regulate patients' negative emotions. A variety of herb recipes can stabilize mood and relieve anxiety, in part by adjusting organ function and the body’s metabolism.
Therefore, maintaining a calm, quiet, positive, and confident attitude is a fundamental way to prevent death from cancer and diseases in general. Long-term exercise can also help relieve anxiety and depression better than drugs. Exercise improves the integration of body and mind, helps improve the ability to control emotions and overcome negative emotions.
Therefore, the key to keeping in good health can be summarized as keeping the mind quiet and the body moving. If you have peace, you can keep a clear mind and be able to deal with difficult situations that may arise. Kinetic energy helps coordinate the organs, keeps blow flow smooth, regulates the metabolism… and therefore prevents disease!
Jane Rong Rohrs, L.Ac.
Using knowledge of the ages to treat patients in the present.