Is stress making you sick?

When a traditinal Chinese doctor sees the patient for the first time, the doctor always asks him what happened in his life on the outset of the illness.
Was there a change in his living conditions? Did he start a new job or were there problems in the old one? Did he get married or divorced?

Because emotional balance is so important for the physical health, the "seven emotions" are considered as a major cause of illness in traditonal Chinese medicine. Although anger, sadness, fear and worry are perfectly normal emotions, they can sometimes overwhelm the body's adaptation mechanism and the person falls ill. It is said in the traditional Chinese medicine that sorrow damages the heart, fear damages the lungs, and anger damages the liver.