The heart and womb are inherently connected and work together. For thousands of years, the womb and not the heart was seen as the symbol of love and life. The womb has been known as the ‘heart below the horizon.’ When women get sexually aroused, the womb starts to beat like a heart.
The heart and womb share a mutual relationship to blood. The heart governs the blood and the uterus relies on blood for its function. The “opening” and “closing” of the uterus for birth, ovulation, conception and menstruation are regulated by the heart and kidneys via the ‘uterus vessel’ and energetic channel. The heart is responsible for the opening and the kidneys are responsible for closing.
The heart opens the uterus to release the egg during ovulation. When menstruating, the heart opens the uterus in order for the lining to shed. During labour, the heart opens the uterus for the birth of a baby. It is also intimately connected to the cervix. It affects cervical fluid, the openness or softness of the cervix, which allows sperm to enter and blood, or a baby, to leave.
The uterus vessel connects the heart directly to the womb, crossing the stomach. From there, the uterus channel connects the uterus to the kidneys. This is why the heart, uterus and kidney relationship is so important for menstruation, birth, hormonal health, emotional regulation and pelvic health. For these processes to function optimally, a woman’s heart and mind needs to be open, nourished, balanced and whole.
Emotional trauma, stress, anxiety, sadness, broken heart, restless mind and any shocks to the system can affect not only menstruation, but also fertility. The ancients of China said that, “In order for conception to occur, one must be open in the area of the heart’.
The “Secret Record of the Orchid Room” says: “Mental strain and stress weakens the Heart, Heart-Fire rises and the periods do not come”. When periods are absent it means the uterus vessel is obstructed. If this vessel is blocked, painful periods, irregular cycles, PMS and infertility can manifest.
Tending to the womb-heart can help resolve gynaecological issues too, like fibroids, endometriosis, cysts, painful menstruation, irregular periods and even trouble accessing pleasure.
Our wombs (or hara for men) are the centre of our creative power and our hearts are the manifestation of our innate ability to embody love. When these two energy centres are aligned, they not only create physical health in the body, but also energetic and emotional harmony.
Transforming your core wounds, stored in the womb, helps you to fully open your heart. The uterus is like an energetic sponge and our psyche will store our undigested emotions in the uterus or sacral chakra far away from the heart to protect it.
The heart plays a key role in controlling all other organs and for this reason it is known as ‘the Emperor’ in ancient texts. Other organs will take on energetic burdens to ensure it can do its job as effectively as possible. The heart is in full connection with our emotions and is particularly affected by anxiety and stress. The more emotionally balanced we are, the easier it is for blood and energy to flow freely between the heart and uterus.
As women, we absorb so much through our sexual centres. We don’t just hold our own emotions here, but other people’s too. If we hold stagnant blockages in our lower energy centres, energy can’t flow freely up into our heart.
It is essential we embrace this wisdom and share it with our young girls: the sacredness and power of our hearts and wombs and how they work. That when filled with love, our womb beats with pleasure and when our womb is clear, the heart can open fully. We must claim this birth-right and pass it down from woman to woman, woman to girl, mother to daughter, heart to heart, womb to womb.
Ways to help heart-womb connection:
- Breast and womb massage: connect to these two energy centres through physical touch and bring fresh blood and Qi (energy) to these areas. Use essential oils in your massage oil that resonates with these two energy centres.
- Acknowledge your emotions: use a journal, speak to a therapist, feel your emotions fully in the body.
- Heart breast/womb meditation: Place one hand over your heart and the other over your womb. Visualise the connection, focus on your breath sending love and free flow through the channel. Listening to music can help ease into the space.
- Acupuncture, acupressure.
- Herbal formulas, lifestyle and nutritional recommendation from a naturopath.
- Qigong, tai chi, yoga, walking in nature, breathwork and meditation to manage stress and shift stagnant energy in the body.
- Practice activities and surround yourself with people who bring you joy. Joy is the emotion associated with the heart in Chinese medicine. Tend to your inner child, be playful, sing and dance.
- Become attuned to your menstrual cycle, harnessing the energy through your phases. Monitor your daily rhythms, the seasons, track your cycle.
- Warming teas, soups, bone broths, include warming herbs like ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Limit too many cold foods.
- Gentle exercise, rather than over-exertion.