Anger’s a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance. The feelings underlying the angry reaction make people feel vulnerable and weak; anger makes people feel, at least momentarily, strong and in control. Anger can also be an immediate reaction to an isolated event or it can be a response after numerous events. Through increased self-control over emotions and through techniques like meditation, anger could be something that can dissolve away.

Physical Effects of Anger

Anger has some very serious negative physical effects. A Harvard Medical School Study of 1,623 heart attack survivors found that when subjects became angry during emotional conflicts, their risk of subsequent heart attacks was more than double that of those that remained calm.

In a recent study, Salivary IgA (immunoglobin), heart rate, and mood were measured in thirty individuals before and after experiencing care or anger. Two methods of inducing the emotional states were compared: self-induction and external induction via video tapes. Anger produced a significant increase in total mood disturbance and heart rate, but not in S-IgA levels. Positive emotions, on the other hand, produced a significant increase in S-IgA levels. Examining the effects over a six hour period we observed that anger, in contrast to care, produced a significant inhibition of S-IgA from one to five hours after the emotional experience. Results indicate that self-induction of positive emotional states is more effective at stimulating S-IgA levels than previously used external methods. Self-induction techniques may therefore be useful in minimizing the immunosuppresive effects of negative emotions.

Other separate studies showed that the risk of developing heart disease is significantly increased for people who impulsively vent their anger as well as for those who tend to repress angry feelings. Research from Yale School of Medicine has linked changes brought on by anger or other strong emotions to the development of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrests in the future, which are blamed for 400,000 deaths annually.

Energetic Effects of Anger

Anger and frustration results in pranic depletion around the solar plexus and abdominal areas or may manifest as pranic congestion around the solar plexus and heart area. In the first case, it manifests itself as indigestion or loose bowel movements. In the long run, it may manifest itself as ulcers or as a gall bladder problem. In the second case, it may manifest itself as a heart enlargement or other heart related problems. It seems that a certain type of negative emotion may manifest as a certain type of disease in one patient but may manifest as another type of disease in another.

Anger and intense worry devitalize the whole bioplasmic body so that the body becomes susceptible to all kinds of diseases. Negative emotions cause disturbances in the bioplasmic body so that the whole physical body becomes sick. You may have experienced that after an intense anger or an intense altercation, you felt physically exhausted or became sick. This is because both the bioplasmic and visible physical bodies are drained of prana and became susceptible to infection. Pranic healing is a method with which the negative effects of anger can be either alleviated or healed.