In addition to dietary factors, Oliver explores the emotional and energetic aspects associated with breast health. According to oriental medicine, the heart plays a crucial role in breast health, particularly during breastfeeding, as it supplies emotional energy alongside physical nourishment. Cultivating self-love and acceptance for our bodies, including our breasts, is essential, as societal judgments and negative messages can impact our emotional well-being. Research suggests that experiencing more joy in life correlates with a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, underscoring the importance of fostering positive emotions, primarily originating from the heart.
The liver, another organ significant to breast health, not only supplies nutrients but also influences emotional expression and creativity. Avoiding heavy animal foods, engaging in regular physical movement, and expressing emotions constructively can help maintain optimal liver function. Stagnation within the liver and gallbladder meridian can lead to breast pain and the accumulation of excess materials, exacerbating breast-related problems. By adopting healthy lifestyle practices, we can support liver health and reduce the risk of breast complications.
Lastly, the spleen and pancreas, responsible for nourishing the body physically, emotionally, and mentally, play a vital role in breast health. Proper nourishment, both through healthy eating habits and self-care practices, contributes to their optimal functioning. Prioritizing self-nourishment and addressing emotional needs can prevent seeking solace in unhealthy food choices that perpetuate a cycle of inadequacy and excess consumption.
Maintaining breast health goes beyond physical well-being; it encompasses emotional, energetic, and holistic aspects of our lives. By making mindful food choices, prioritising emotional well-being, and engaging in self-nurturing practices, we can empower ourselves to prevent and address common breast-related problems. Our Women’s Health Day event on June 24th provides an opportunity to delve even deeper.