The Right and Left of Healing: How to Interpret Physical Symptoms and Address Emotional Roots

Road signs at the end of the road pointing left and right

You might have our chart on what physical symptom correlates to what stuck emotion, but what about the placement of problems on the right or left side of the body? There are additional clues to excavate in figuring out what emotions are preventing physical healing. Let’s look at some meanings of left and right.

Right Side of the Body

Right side issues have to do with authority, power, ability to give, and the masculine qualities within either gender. It also relates to your perception of external things in your life like work, business, and how you fit in to society. 

If we break this down further, right side being male can show you have a conflict with a male in your life. It’s common for this stuff to track back to problems relating to your dad. 

Right side problems can mean that you’re conflicted about your role. A man with a right side problem can have an issue of not feeling “manly” enough in some area. An example might be not being the breadwinner of the family. If his female spouse is the breadwinner and is the one with a right side issue, she could be experiencing pressure to be more assertive in her position at work.

There are many areas in our society where women are in positions traditionally occupied by men, and this is considered admissible as long as they act like men. Equality might be there, but not genuine acceptance. Females that are naturally comfortable in more masculine roles can develop right side problems from pressure to be more ladylike.

Our example couple above also ties in to the giving aspect of the right side. It’s directly connected to their ability to give good things to their family. 

Right side problems may also communicate that you need to step into your power without being exploitative. 

Left Side of the Body

The left side represents intimacy, ability to receive, and female. So left side problems can mean a conflict with a female in your life, or a conflict about the feminine attributes of yourself. It can also mean that you are having trouble being vulnerable or expressing emotion. (Intimacy)

The left side also includes the ability to ask for help, to receive graciously, and express gratitude. 

Remember how the right side can be about stepping into your power without being abusive or exploitive? Well, on the left, there’s potential to be the victim. This is irrelevant to what another person perpetrated. It’s whether or not that event caused you to internalize victim status as your identity. 

Then There's Your Head...

So that’s the right and left side meanings for most of the body. It switches from the chin up. You know how the right brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa? That’s the principle here, so if it’s your head, right is left and left is right. 

All of this needs to be considered within the context of the issue that’s going on and the emotional roots of that thing because each ailment has it's own roots. However, many of us seem to have repetitive problems on one side or the other. If it can go wrong on either side, it’s going to go wrong on the right, for example, just by your history. In those cases, we can look at it more broadly where anything above is a possibility. 

This is what makes it possible to work on physical issues with flower essences. If you’ve been doing all the right things on a nutritional or medication or physical therapy protocols, and you’re not getting the results you ought to be seeing, it’s time to dig into the emotional and spiritual sides of the problem. If you haven’t got our chart for this yet, it’s here.


Founder of Freedom Flowers, Seneca has a strong understanding of frequencies found in nature and how they bring healing to the spiritual, emotional and thus, the physical body. She understands that humanity often shuts down in defense of pain or violation, and she knows what to offer to “unlock” areas that have become dormant over time. Seneca has a burning desire to bring healing to our issues in a gentle and natural way.