The nonstop auto-self- pump that keeps us live… it’s like flame of fire that burns constantly as long as there is air and material to be consumed… maybe that’s why ancient Traditional medicine practitioners agreed to compare Heart’s characteristics with characteristics of “Fire.”
Simply put it.., a heart’s main job is to pump enough blood quantity at a regular speed (at a resting heart rate of 80 beats per min. for an average adult the cardiac output will vary between 4.8 and 6.4L) and when this speed become irregular, too fast or slow you may have such conditions as arrhythmia and tachycardia.
From traditional medicine perspective, symptoms include palpitation, shortness of breath with minor activities, feeling of oppression in the chest, spontaneous sweating, fatigue, listless, pale complexion, lacks warmth to connect with people, trouble making conversation and/or making communicating oneself(meaning or intention), amenorrhea, late periods, absence of joy.
In Five Elements Principle, Heart receives a direct support/influence by Liver’s condition, and it gives support/influence to Spleen at the same time receives “control” by Kidney. Of course one may genetically have weak heart condition and have these symptoms, but if one started to notice partial or most of the symptoms listed from sometimes ago then it is worthwhile to check Liver-Heart-Kidney balance by seeing a reputable Traditional Medicine practitioner for a check and treatments.
Heart (A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective)