In the past few years, science has begun to recognize the powerful connection between mind-body connection, and how that directly affects our health both physically and mentally. Research found that emotions and thought patterns contribute to imbalances within the body and thus therapies such as hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga and biofeedback are used instead of prescription drugs to balance and promote the patient’s health.

You might have come across this, if you read Louise Hay book ‘You can Heal Yourself’ where she talks more about it in details and explains how it works. I think it’s a great book for anyone on the path of healing or just generally wanting to understand more about disease especially those that are unexplained by doctors.

You can also research mind-body connection in relation to disease. There are plenty of free resources online and people sharing their own experiences. But all together, the findings conclude the following:

  • The body feels emotions
  • What you believe can lead to disease
  • Healing is mind, body & spirit – the 3 are all connected you can’t have one without another if you want perfect balance & health


If you look at the word ‘disease’ and break it down to ‘dis-ease’ we can say that it implying that there is a dis-ease in the body! Which is exactly what’s happening here…

Below is a comprehensive list of dis-eases in the body and their emotional causation:

This list is very long so it might be easier if you use the find tab in your web browser and search for a key word 🙂


  • Abdominal Cramps: Fear.  Stopping the process.
  • Abscess: Fermenting thoughts  over hurts, slights and revenge.
  • Accidents: Inability to speak  up for the self. Rebellion against authority. Belief in violence.
  • Aches: Longing for love.  Longing to be held.
  • Acne: Not accepting the self.  Dislike of the self.
  • Addictions: Running from the  self. Fear. Not knowing how to love self.
  • Adrenal Problems: Defeatism.  No longer caring for the self. Anxiety.
  • Alcoholism: Feeling of  futility, guilt, inadequacy. Self-rejection.
  • Allergies: Denying your own  power.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Refusal  to deal with the world as it is. Hopelessness and helplessness. Anger.
  • Amenorrhea: Not wanting to be  a woman. Dislike of the self.
  • Anemia: “Yes-but” attitude.  Lack of joy. Fear of life. Not feeling good enough.
  • Ankle: Inflexibility and  guilt. Ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure.
  • Anorexia: Denying the self  life. Extreme fear, self-hatred and rejection.
  • Anxiety: Not trusting the  flow and the process of life.
  • Apathy: Resistance to  feeling. Deadening of the self. Fear.
  • Appetite, Excessive: Fear.  Needing protection. Judging the emotions.
  • Arm: Represents the capacity  and ability to hold the experiences of life.
  • Arteries: Carry the joy of  life.
  • Arthritic Fingers: A desire  to punish. Blame. Feeling victimized.
  • Arthritis: Feeling unloved.  Criticism, resentment. – Rheumatoid Arthritis: Feeling victimized. Lack of love.  Chronic bitterness. Resentment. Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put  upon.
  • Asthma: Smother love.  Inability to breathe for one’s self. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying.
  • Athlete’s Foot: Frustration  at not being accepted. Inability to move forward with ease.


  • Back Issues: Represents the  support of life. Back Problems: – Rounded shoulders: Carrying the burdens of  life. Helpless and hopeless. – Lower Back Pain: Fear of money or lack of  financial support. – Mid-Back Pain: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there.  “Get off my back!” – Upper Back Pain: Lack of emotional support. Feeling  unloved. Holding back love. – Back Curvature: The inability to flow with the  support of life. Fear and trying to hold on to old ideas. Not trusting life.  Lack of integrity. No courage of convictions.
  • Bad Breath: Anger and revenge  thoughts. Experiences backing up.
  • Balance, Loss of: Scattered  thinking. Not centered.
  • Baldness: Fear. Tension.  Trying to control everything.
  • Bedwetting: Fear of parent,  usually the father.
  • Belching: Fear. Gulping life  too quickly.
  • Bell’s Palsy: Extreme control  over anger. Unwillingness to express feelings.
  • Bladder Problems: Anxiety.  Holding on to old ideas. Fear of letting go. Being “pissed off”.
  • Bleeding: Joy running out.  Anger.
  • Blisters: Resistance. Lack of  emotional protection.
  • Blood Pressure: – High:  Longstanding emotional problem not solved. – Low: Lack of love as a child.  Defeatism.
  • Body Odor: Fear. Dislike of  the self. Fear of others.
  • Bones: Represent the  structure of the universe. – Bone marrow: Represents deepest beliefs about the  self. How you support and care for yourself. – Breaks: Rebelling against  authority.
  • Brain: Represents the  computer, the switchboard. – Tumor: Incorrect computerized beliefs. Stubborn.  Refusing to change old patterns.
  • Breast: Represents mothering  and nurturing and nourishment. – Cysts, Lumps: A refusal to nourish the self.  Putting everyone else first. Over mothering. Overprotection. Overbearing  attitudes.
  • Breath: Represents the  ability to take in life. – Breathing Problems: Fear. Not trusting the process of  life. Getting stuck in childhood. Fear of taking in life fully. – Bronchitis:  Inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling.
  • Bruises: The little bumps in  life. Self-punishment.
  • Bulimia: Hopeless terror. A  frantic stuffing and purging of self-hatred.
  • Burns: Anger. Burning up.  Incensed.
  • Bursitis: Repressed anger.  Wanting to hit someone.


  • Calluses: Hardened concepts  and ideas. Fear solidified.
  • Cancer: Deep hurt.  Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying  hatreds.
  • Candida: Feeling very  scattered. Lots of frustration and anger. Demanding and untrusting in  relationships. Great takers.
  • Canker Sores: Festering words  held back by the lips. Blame.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Anger  and frustration at life’s seeming injustices.
  • Cataracts: Inability to see  ahead with joy. Dark future.
  • Cellulite: Stored anger and  self-punishment.
  • Cerebral Palsy: A need to  unite the family in an action of love.
  • Chills: Mental contraction,  pulling away and in. Desire to retreat.
  • Cholesterol: Clogging the  channels of joy. Fear of accepting joy.
  • Circulation: Represents the  ability to feel and express the emotions in positive ways.
  • Colds: Too much going on at  once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts.
  • Colic: Mental irritation,  impatience, annoyance in the surroundings.
  • Colitis: Insecurity.  Represents the ease of letting go of that which is over.
  • Coma: Fear. Escaping  something or someone.
  • Conjunctivitis: Anger and  frustration at what you are looking at in life.
  • Constipation: Incomplete  releasing. Holding on to garbage of the past. Guilt over the past. Sometimes  stinginess.
  • Corns: Hardened areas of  thought – stubborn holding on to the pain of the past.
  • Coughs: A desire to bark at  the world. “Listen to me!”
  • Cramps: Tension. Fear.  Gripping, holding on.
  • Crohn’s Disease: Fear. Worry.  Not feeling good enough.
  • Crying: Tears are the river  of life, shed in joy as well as in sadness and fear.
  • Cuts: Punishment for not  following your own rules.
  • Cysts: Running the old  painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth.
  • Cystic Fibrosis: A thick  belief that life won’t work for you. “Poor me.”


  • Deafness: Rejection,  stubbornness, isolation. What don’t you want to hear? “Don’t bother me.”
  • Depression: Anger you feel  you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.
  • Diabetes: Longing for what  might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left.
  • Diarrhea: Fear. Rejection.  Running off.
  • Dizziness: Flighty, scattered  thinking. A refusal to look.
  • Dry eyes: Angry eyes.  Refusing to see with love. Would rather die than forgive. Being spiteful.
  • Dysmenorrhea: Anger at the  self. Hatred of the body or of women.


  • Ear: Represents the capacity  to hear. – Ache: Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Household  arguing.
  • Eczema: Breath-taking  antagonism. Mental eruptions.
  • Edema: What or who won’t you  let go of?
  • Elbow: Represents changing  directions and accepting new experiences.
  • Emphysema: Fear of taking in  life. Not worthy of living.
  • Endometriosis: Insecurity,  disappointment and frustration. Replacing self-love with sugar. Blamers.
  • Epilepsy: Sense of  persecution. Rejection of life. A feeling of great struggle. Self-violence.
  • Epstein-Barr Virus: Pushing  beyond one’s limits. Fear of not being good enough. Draining all inner support.  Stress.
  • Eye: Represents the capacity  to see clearly past, present, future. – Astigmatism: “I” trouble. Fear of really  seeing the self. – Hyperopia: Fear of the present. – Myopia: Fear of the future.


  • Face: Represents what we show  the world.
  • Fainting: Fear. Can’t cope.  Blacking out.
  • Fat or Weight issues:  Oversensitivity. Often represents fear and shows a need for protection. Fear may  be a cover for hidden anger and a resistance to forgive. Running away from  feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection and seeking fulfillment. – Arms: Anger at  being denied love. – Belly: Anger at being denied nourishment. – Hips: Lumps of  stubborn anger at the parents. – Thighs: Packed childhood anger. Often rage at  the father.
  • Fatigue: Resistance, boredom.  Lack of love for what one does.
  • Feet: Represent our  understanding – of ourselves, of life, of others. – Foot Problems: Fear of the  future and of not stepping forward in life.
  • Fever: Anger. Burning up.
  • Fibroid Tumors: Nursing a  hurt from a partner. A blow to the feminine ego.
  • Fingers: Represent the  details of life. – Thumb: Represents intellect and worry. – Index: Represents  ego and fear. – Middle: Represents anger and sexuality. – Ring: Represents  unions and grief. – Little: Represents the family and pretending.
  • Food Poisoning: Allowing  others to take control. Feeling defenseless.
  • Frigidity: Fear. Denial of  pleasure. A belief that sex is bad. Insensitive partners. Fear of father.
  • Fungus: Stagnating beliefs.  Refusing to release the past. Letting the past rule today.


  • Gallstones: Bitterness. Hard  thoughts. Condemning. Pride.
  • Gas: Gripping. Fear.  Undigested ideas.
  • Gastritis: Prolonged  uncertainty. A feeling of doom.
  • Genitals: Represent the  masculine and feminine principles. Worry about not being good enough.
  • Gland Problems: Represent  holding stations. Self-staring activity. Holding yourself back.
  • Gout: The need to dominate.  Impatience, anger.
  • Glaucoma: Stony unforgiveness.  Pressure from longstanding hurts. Overwhelmed by it all.
  • Gray Hair: Stress. A belief  in pressure and strain.
  • Growths: Nursing those old  hurts. Building resentments.
  • Gum Problems: Inability to  back up decisions. Indecisive about life.


  • Hands: Hold and handle.  Clutch and grip. Grasping and letting go. Caressing. Pinching. All ways of  dealing with experiences.
  • Hay Fever: Emotional  congestion. Fear of the calendar. A belief in persecution. Guilt.
  • Headaches: Invalidating the  self. Self-criticism. Fear.
  • Heart: Represents the center  of love and security. – Heart Attack: Squeezing all the joy out of the heart in  favor of money or position. Feeling alone and scared. “I’m not good enough. I  don’t do enough. I’ll never make it.” – Heart Problems: Longstanding emotional  problems. Lack of joy. Hardening of the heart. Belief in strain and stress.
  • Heartburn: Fear. Fear. Fear.  Clutching Fear.
  • Hemorrhoids: Fear of  deadlines. Anger of the past. Afraid to let go. Feeling burdened.
  • Hepatitis: Resistance to  change. Fear, anger, hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.
  • Hernia: Ruptured  relationships. Strain, burdens, incorrect creative expression.
  • Herpes Genitalis: Mass belief  in sexual guilt and the need for punishment. Public shame. Belief in a punishing  God. Rejection of the genitals.
  • Herpes Simplex: Bitter words  left unspoken.
  • Hip: Carries the body in  perfect balance. Major thrust in moving forward. Fear of going forward in major  decisions. Nothing to move forward to.
  • Hives: Small, hidden fears.  Mountains out of molehills.
  • Hodgkin’s Disease: Blame and  a tremendous fear of not being good enough. A frantic race to prove one’s self  until the blood has no substance left to support itself. The joy of life is  forgotten in the race of acceptance.
  • Hyperactivity: Fear. Feeling  pressured and frantic.
  • Hyperventilation: Fear.  Resisting change. Not trusting the process.
  • Hypoglycemia: Overwhelmed by  the burdens in life.


  • Impotence: Sexual pressure,  tension, guilt. Social beliefs. Spite against a previous mate. Fear of mother.
  • Incontinence: Emotional  overflow. Years of controlling emotions.
  • Indigestion: Gut-level fear,  dread, anxiety. Griping and grunting.
  • Infection: Irritation, anger,  annoyance.
  • Inflammation: Fear. Seeing  red. Inflamed thinking. Anger and frustration about conditions you are looking  at in your life.
  • Influenza: Response to mass  negativity and beliefs. Fear. Belief in statistics.
  • Ingrown Toenail: Worry and  guilt about your right to move forward.
  • Injuries: Anger at the self.  Feeling guilty.
  • Insanity: Fleeing from the  family. Escapism, withdrawal. Violent separation from life.
  • Insomnia: Fear. Not trusting  the process of life. Guilt.
  • Intestines: Represent  assimilation and absorption.
  • Itching: Desires that go  against the grain. Unsatisfied. Remorse. Itching to get out or get away.


  • Jaundice: Internal and  external prejudice. Unbalanced reason.
  • Jaw Problems: Anger.  Resentment. Desire for revenge.


  • Kidney Problems: Criticism,  disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a child.
  • Kidney Stones: Lumps of  undissolved anger.
  • Knee: Represents pride and  ego. Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Fear. Inflexibility. Won’t give  in.


  • Laryngitis: So mad you can’t  speak. Fear of speaking up. Resentment of authority.
  • Left Side of Body: Represents  receptivity, taking in, feminine energy, women, the mother.
  • Leg: Carry us forward in  life.
  • Liver: Seat of anger and  primitive emotions. Chronic complaining. Justifying fault-finding to deceive  yourself. Feeling bad.
  • Lockjaw: Anger. A desire to  control. A refusal to express feelings.
  • Lump in the Throat: Fear. Not  trusting the process of life.
  • Lung: The ability to take in  life. Depression. Grief. Not feeling worthy of living life fully.
  • Lupus: A giving up. Better to  die than stand up for one’s self. Anger and punishment.
  • Lymph Problems: A warning  that the mind needs to be recentered on the essentials of life. Love and joy.


  • Malaria: Out of balance with  nature and with life.
  • Menopause Problems: Fear of  no longer being wanted. Fear of aging. Self-rejection. Not feeling good enough.
  • Menstrual Problems: Rejection  of one’s femininity. Guilt, fear. Belief that the genitals are sinful or dirty.
  • Migraine Headaches: Dislike  of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears.
  • Miscarriage: Fear of the  future. Inappropriate timing.
  • Mononucleosis: Anger at not  receiving love and appreciation. No longer caring for the self.
  • Motion Sickness: Fear.  Bondage. Feeling of being trapped.
  • Mouth: Represents taking in  of new ideas and nourishment. Set opinions. Closed mind. Incapacity to take in  new ideas.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: Mental  hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, inflexibility.
  • Muscles: Resistance to new  experiences. Muscles represent our ability to move in life.
  • Muscular Dystrophy: “It’s not  worth growing up.”


  • Nails: Represent protection.  – Nail Biting: Frustration. Eating away at the self. Spite of a parent.
  • Narcolepsy: Can’t cope.  Extreme fear. Wanting to get away from it all. Not wanting to be here.
  • Nausea: Fear. Rejecting an  idea or experience.
  • Neck: Represents flexibility.  The ability to see what’s back there. Refusing to see other sides of a question.  Stubbornness, inflexibility. Unbending stubbornness.
  • Nephritis: Overreaction to  disappointment and failure.
  • Nerves: Represent  communication. Receptive reporters.
  • Nervous Breakdown:  Self-centeredness. Jamming the channels of communication.
  • Nervousness: Fear, anxiety,  struggle, rushing. Not trusting the process of life.
  • Neuralgia: Punishment for  guilt. Anguish over communication.
  • Nodules: Resentment and  frustration and hurt ego over career.
  • Nose: Represents  self-recognition. – Nose Bleeds:A need for recobnition. Feeling unnoticed.  Crying for love. – Runny Nose: Asking for help. Inner crying. – Stuffy Nose: Not  recognizing the self-worth.
  • Numbness: Withholding love  and consideration. Going dead mentally.


  • Osteomyelitis: Anger and  frustration at the very structure of life. Feeling unsupported.
  • Osteoporosis: Feeling there  is no support left in life. Mental pressures and tightness. Muscles can’t  stretch. Loss of mental mobility.
  • Ovaries: Represent points of  creation. Creativity.


  • Pain: Guilt. Guilt always  seeks punishment.
  • Paralysis: Paralysing  thoughts. Getting stuck. Terror leading to escape from a situation or person.
  • Pancreas: Represents the  sweetness of life.
  • Pancreatitis: Rejection.  Anger and frustration because life seems to have lost its sweetness.
  • Parasites: Giving power to  others, letting them take over and life off of you.
  • Parkinson’s Disease: Fear and  an intense desire to control everything and everyone.
  • Peptic Ulcer: Fear. A belief  that you are not good enough. Anxious to please.
  • Phlebitis: Anger and  frustration. Blaming others for the limitation and lack of joy in life.
  • Pimples: Small outbursts of  anger.
  • Pituitary Gland: Represents  the control center.
  • Pneumonia: Desperate. Tired  of life. Emotional wounds that are not allowed to heal.
  • Poison Ivy: Allergy Feeling  defenseless and open to attack.
  • Polio: Paralysing jealousy. A  desire to stop someone.
  • Premenstrual Syndrome:  Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of  the feminine processes.
  • Prostate: Represents the  masculine principle. Mental fears weaken the masculinity. Giving up. Sexual  pressure and guilt. Belief in aging.
  • Psoriasis: Fear of being  hurt. Deadening the senses of the self. Refusing to accept responsibility for  our own feelings.


  • Rash: Irritation over delays.  Immature way to get attention.
  • Right Side of Body: Giving  out, letting go, masculine energy, men, the father.
  • Ringworm: Allowing others to  get under your skin. Not feeling good enough or clean enough.


  • Scabies: Infected thinking.  Allowing others to get under your skin.
  • Sciatica: Being hypocritical.  Fear of money and of the future.
  • Scleroderma: Protecting the  self from life. Not trusting yourself to be there and to take care of yourself.
  • Scratches: Feeling life tears  at you, that life is a rip off.
  • Senility: Returning to the  so-called safety of childhood. Demanding care and attention. A form of control  of those around you. Escapism.
  • Shin: Represents the  standards of life. Breaking down ideals.
  • Shingles: Waiting for the  other shoe to drop. Fear and tension. Too sensitive.
  • Sinus Problems: Irritation to  one person, someone close.
  • Skin: Protects our  individuality. Anxiety, fear. Old, buried things. I am being threatened.
  • Slipped Disc: Feeling totally  unsupported by life. Indecisive.
  • Snoring: Stubborn refusal to  let go of old patterns.
  • Solar Plexus: Gut reactions.  Center of our intuitive power.
  • Sores: Unexpressed anger that  settles in.
  • Spleen: Obsessions. Being  obsessed about things.
  • Sprains: Anger and  resistance. Not wanting to move in a certain direction in life.
  • Sterility: Fear and  resistance to the process of life or not needing to go through the parenting  experience.
  • Stiffness: Rigid, stiff  thinking.
  • Stomach: Holds nourishment.  Digests ideas. Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new.
  • Stroke: Giving up.  Resistance. Rather die than change. Rejection of life.   Stuttering: Insecurity. Lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.
  • Sty: Looking at life through  angry eyes. Angry at someone.
  • Suicidal thoughts: See life  only in black and white. Refusal to see another way out.


  • Teeth: Represent decisions. –  Teeth Problems: Longstanding indecisiveness. Inability to break down ideas for  analysis and decisions. – Root Canal: Can’t bite into anything anymore. Root  beliefs being destroyed. – Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Not giving yourself mental  space to create a firm foundation.
  • Throat: Avenue of expression.  Channel of creativity. – Throat Problems: The inability to speak up for one’s  self. Swallowed anger. Stifled creativity. Refusal to change. – Sore throat:  Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.
  • Thrush: Anger over making the  wrong decisions.
  • Thymus Gland: Feeling  attacked by life. They are out to get me.
  • Thyroid Gland: Humiliation. I  never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn. –  Hyperthyroid: Rage at being left out.
  • Tics, Twitches: Fear. A  feeling of being watched by others.
  • Tinnitus or Ringing in the  Ears: Refusal to listen. Not hearing the inner voice. Stubbornness.
  • Toes: Represent the minor  details of the future.
  • Tongue: Represents the  ability to taste the pleasures of life with joy.
  • Tonsillitis: Fear. Repressed  emotions. Stifled creativity.
  • Tuberculosis: Wasting away  from selfishness. Possessive. Cruel thoughts. Revenge.


  • Urinary infections: Pissed  off, usually at the opposite sex or a lover. Blaming others.
  • Uterus: Represents the home  of creativity.


  • Vaginitis: Anger at a mate.  Sexual guilt. Punishing the self.
  • Varicose Veins: Standing in a  situation you hate. Discouragement. Feeling over-worked and overburdened.
  • Vitiligo: Feeling completely  outside of things. Not belonging. Not one of the group.
  • Vomiting: Violent rejection  of ideas. Fear of the new.


  • Warts: Little expressions of  hate. Belief in ugliness. – Plantar Warts: Anger at the very basis of your  understanding. Spreading frustration about the future.
  • Wrist: Represents movement  and ease.


& here you have it guys! honestly I my teacher gave me this list years ago! I find this to resonate and sometimes we don’t want to admit it but i really do think it explains most if not all disease well 🙂

Please share this post with everyone you know! I think it will help us all 🙂

Lots of love,

Arwa X

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