Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Different Perspective on Heart Health

by Steven H. Horne, RH (AHG)

When someone says “heart,” does it conjure up the image of a pump? Most likely not. While Western science has told us that the organ beating inside our chests is just a pump, our cultural use of the word heart suggests the “heart” is much more. For instance:

* We talk about “giving our heart” to someone when we fall in love.
* We feel our “heart breaking” when relationships end.
* We say “take heart” to encourage someone.
* We “take things to heart” when we allow them to affect us emotionally.
* We “have a heart” when we exhibit compassion for others.
* We “harden our heart” when we emotionally lose good feelings for someone because of hurt and betrayal.
* We refer to love and relationships as “matters of the heart.”

All of these examples show that subjectively, we experience our heart as much more than a mechanical pump for blood. The heart is deeply connected with feelings and relationships with others. However, when the heart is diseased, most of us tend to completely ignore this deep emotional experience of the heart and act as if our feelings have little or nothing to do with the health of our heart.

I believe that when it comes to treating heart problems, addressing these emotional and relationship issues is just as important as working on the heart nutritionally. I have often told people that “the heart knows things the brain does not.” I know this because 22 years ago I started working with emotional healing. I’ve had a lot of success working with clients on both the emotional and physical levels at the same time, but have lacked the objective language to explain some of what my heart understands.

Recently, however, I came across a book called The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner. This remarkable book provided me with the understanding I needed to vocalize the truths my own heart had been teaching me. The fact is, science has confirmed our heart is much more than a pump. Let me share what I’ve learned. Read the entire article.

I've personally been using herbs for the heart for many years avoiding any prescription drugs. My favorite is Hawthorn Berries. I love the taste of the glycerin extract. Any of the products mention in this very enlightening and informational article can be found at The Herbs Place.

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