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According to the Classics of Chinese Medicine, there are two main causes of diseases: External Pathogens or six climates factors, and Internal Pathogens or the emotions.
In today's modern society there is a new cause of diseases - stress. It is well known that stress is the number one cause of disease and mortality and it is more predictive of death from cancer and cardiovascular diseases than smoking. People who are unable to effectively manage their stress had a 40% higher death rate than non-stress patients.
Stress has become the root ( 本ben ) of many modern diseases being physiological or psychological. Stress can either be an "External Pathogen" such as work, personal conflicts, economic challenges and social demands or it can be an "Internal Pathogen" causing anxiety, frustration, and depression. When stress is the problem, we must first address it. The Heart (Chinese Zang Fu organ and physiological 'western 'heart ) is affected, and in order to treat stress the Heart must be balanced and harmonized.
In the early 1990s, the Heart Math Research center has greatly expanded people's understanding of the heart's role beyond being an organ that pumps our blood. Measurements called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) was reflective of people's emotional states and that HRV or heart rhythm analysis offers a unique window into the communication between the heart, brain, and emotions.
Whether people mention speaking from the heart, connecting with the heart or following the heart, it is a clear sign that there is an increase energetic awareness of the importance of the heart in the quality of life.


  1. What is stress and how it affects our health
  2. Understanding the relation between stress and the heart
  3. When and how to treat stress in Chinese Medicine

Tuvia Scott


Being involved in martial arts, tai ji and qi gong, Tuvia begun studying Chinese Medicine in Israel and continued studies in China, USA and Europe in the fields of 5 Elements, Daoist Healing and Abdominal Acupuncture.

He has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine since 1990 and founded the Abdominal Acupuncture Research and Study Center in Israel in the year 2000.

Tuvia was formally a member of the board of the Israeli Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and presently the director of the Chinese Medicine Department at Campus Broshim School of Complementary Medicine at the Tel Aviv University and member of the World Federation of Chinese Medical Sciences.