Pain makes us stop and think about our body. Many pain killers numb and can unsteady a person - "don't operate heavy machinery", have other side effects such as digestive imbalances and more. In Chinese Medicine we treat pain and the person so they stay grounded in their body, mind and spirit with clarity as their stagnation is cleared. Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs that treat pain aim at removing stagnation, bringing nourishment to the area and relaxation. Pain is a signal to stop and pay attention to your body. It can mean different things, from an injury at the area to a referred pain from an organ function problem. It is important to stop the action that led to the pain and seek out treatment that can help you understand where the pain is coming from and what you need to strengthen in your system to help relieve the pain and prevent it from reoccurring. From a repeated strain showing that there is a possible Liver Blood Deficiency leading to weak tendons to muscle weakness showing a possible Spleen Qi Deficiency, Chinese Medicines allow us to fine tune the body as it heals at many different levels. This may include hands on treatments such as Acupuncture or herbal oils to nutrition and lifestyle adjustments. When we heal at multiple levels our mind, body and spirit smile.
There are many teachings on clearing out emotions that have been collecting. In Chinese Medicine there are Five main emotions that govern the Organs and the flow of Qi and Blood which regulate the whole body. The emotions all have ways of clearing out through the Meridians (energy channels) that correspond to the different organs, out of the body and into the universe to transform into good for the greater whole. If they aren't cleared out in the right way, they are directed in the body into different patterns that may show up as something helpful to build the system, or lead to an imbalance that can result in a dis-eased state. It is important to learn ways to balance and regulate ones emotions especially when excess ones show up, for example the main Five Emotions of - Fear, Worry, Anger, Melancholy, and Grief.
If any of these emotions are showing up in your life more than another it is important to learn different ways to balance them. This can happen over night through rest, or after different sessions of therapy including through Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. It can happen through doing a sport to changing one's diet. Learning ways to help balance one's emotions and direct them in a healthy way in the world can help make it a better place.
Ancient Medicines and their unique ways of diagnosing and treating a patient is filled with inspiration. In seeing the difference in the reactions both mentally and emotionally that occur when a patient is first diagnosed with a health condition in Western terms, I am grateful for the holistic and philosophical ways Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda describe health conditions. In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda we look at the body and its systems as a balancing act. We see that when one Organ, Meridian (energy pathway), Blood and Tissue level, or Emotion are off center, we look to different philosophies proven in nature and within the body to describe what has taken place. Through that, a practitioner understands the appropriate treatments to restore balance to the whole body, mind and spirit.
After being diagnosed with various conditions in the past and working my way through understanding what they mean to me, I am learning that reflection can be important. A diagnosis in Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic terms is a poetry of the many systems in the body as reflected in nature and society. In Western Medicine, it can inspire various emotions and perceptions of possibilities of what could occur, and what is occurring, as one part of the whole or the whole is being labeled. It can inspire the memory of someone else who has the condition, or the worst case scenario from an outside source. For some conditions there is a cure and you recover, a cold, or a flu are good examples. With others there is a remission. The importance of being positive no matter what the diagnosis cannot be stressed enough. Like I've mentioned before and hopefully this blog shares, is that there are many options of treatments and ways of looking at a condition.
In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda we understand the body changes from one visit to the next as the healing processes occur. We test this through reading the tongue and the pulses. We observe this through the intake and other signs that the body gives which reminds us that every season is a bit different each year. Therefore the diagnosis can shift as the body re-balances through stages. This depends on the nutrition, exercise, profession, location and more. Its about finding the balance that brings about renewed health and an empowered being.