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The Emotional Aspect of Health and Acupuncture

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:59 PM
We’ve talked around this topic for quite some time but today let’s get down to it.  In Chinese Medicine it was a truth that your body health is a reflection of your thinking. 
Modern science tells us:
·       Our thought patterns influence our health
·       Pain affects our psychology
·       Our emotional health is part of our health as a whole
So why don’t we just relax and enjoy good health in the lovely surrounds of the Glasshouse Mountains, Landsborough Mooloolah and Beerwah?  Is thinking happy thoughts a cure for disease? 
Well.  It’s a funny thing but science seems to keep finding evidence that it certainly helps.
Chinese Medicine had a very clear association with the emotions and their connection with organs in the body:
·       The Lung and Large Intestine organ pair was affected by Sadness and grief
·       The Stomach and Spleen organ pair was affected by worry
·       The Heart and Small Intestine organ pair was affected by excess joy
·       The Liver and Gallbladder organ pair was affected by anger
·       The Kidneys and Bladder organ pair was affected by fear
As with so many of the relationships in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture this relationship was understood to work in both directions.  For example exposure to fear could produce an imbalance in the Kidneys and produce lower back pain as a pattern.  At the same time an imbalance in the Kidneys can manifest as fearful emotions. 
So how do we apply this in knowledge in daily life:
1.     Check in.  Is it possible that your emotions are not in balance? 
2.     Understand that physical conditions may not have purely physical causes.
3.     Understand that emotional conditions may not have purely emotional causes.
Acupuncture was traditionally used to balance the energy of organ systems.  In modern times as we experience greater pressures perhaps this traditional system of healing is exactly what we need.


Living Life on Purpose?

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 11:54 PM
It sometimes seems to me that there are two distinct ways to live life.

  1. Unconsciously:  living life as dealt to you
  2. Consciously:  Living life as a choice

Now I'm not talking about ambitiously driving ourselves forward (bit of a liver issue perhaps in Chinese Medicine).  Simply are you living life in neutral or are you going somewhere on purpose.

I once read an interesting statement "We all need a compelling reason to live.  It doesn't matter so much what that reason is..  So long as you have it".

"How is this relevant to health and Chinese Medicine?" You ask.  Good question.
Expressing our creative self is an expression of Heart and Liver energies in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).  Taoist philosophy which is one influence of Chinese Medicine reminds us that if there is any change brought about to our essential self it would be the growth we have found in life - our expression of ourself.

Bit esoteric.  Perhaps.  In clinic we often observe liver and heart energy related pathologies arise when people have forgotten to express their essential self.

What would it look like to express one's essential self?  The answer seems as varied as the number of people I know:

Some examples:

  • Hobbies - no matter how weird or wacky they may seem to others (check out this Prancing video).
  • Compelling interests.  Knitting anyone?
  • A way of Being - Being present to whatever is happening

Above all this.  Living life on purpose to me is simply living life awake.... Aware that life is a finite resource and you have an essential, valuable contribution to make to the world.

Are you living life on purpose?

Facing Challenges

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM
Life does seem to send us people, circumstances and health challenges.  

Of course what is a challenge is a matter of opinion and past experience.  I might find a roller coaster challenging whilst Catherine finds it exciting..  

What does Chinese Medicine tell us about challenges?  Not as much as it tells us about how we respond to challenges.  Of course the word "Challenge" is really the word "Change" with a couple of spare "l" s and an extra "e" for good measure.  This is a key to understanding that one of the organs that helps us in challenging times is the Liver.  As we discussed in a previous blog the "Liver" energy is the energy that allows us to adapt, change and grow into new circumstances.

So in Chinese terms a great way to respond to the challenges of life is to be like bamboo and move with the wind.  Bamboo is exceptionally strong (it's used as scaffolding in construction in some parts of the world) yet also very flexible and therefore not easily broken.  So, how does this help us face challenges.  In the end it comes back to us - whilst some circumstances are within our control and we can change what is "out there" some circumstances are outside our control and what we can work with is our response.


Posted on September 28, 2015 at 4:42 AM
Well.  Spring is all around us and it's often at this time that we think about making changes in our life.  Diets, additional exercise, reorganising our homes:  change can bring up interesting thoughts and emotions.

Change is an interesting concept and a great example of the experience of life being a product of our interpretation.  For example some people experience changing where they live as an exciting new beginning whilst others (in the same family even) experience the same change as very unpleasant.

So the experience of moving house isn't inherently positive or negative, enjoyable or onerous (it can't be if two people can see it so differently).  Events and changes in circumstance only take on positive or negative associations when we apply our judgements, preconceptions or beliefs.  This would seem to be a key to understanding how to better cope with change.  Once we realise that a large proportion (or all?) of how we experience change is a product of how we subjectively see the world - not some objective state we have an opportunity to change our experience.

How might this be practically applied?  One technique is to practice "seeing" with less labelling words.  Often when we think of a situation we immediately apply labelling words.  We might say "Oh, I don't like moving house, it's hard".  Through seeing with less labelling words we might ask ourselves  "What is moving really?"  Putting possessions in boxes, letting go of possessions you no longer need, taking stock of your possessions?  From these perspectives moving could really be more fun that the word "hard" originally made it sound.

Food for thought?  In Traditional Chinese Medicine change is the realm of the Liver energy - most active in the season of Spring.  Health Liver energy helps us to embrace change.  Problems with Liver energy effect our ability to change and be flexible.

Why is the ability to change important?  Why would you need to be flexible?  Great questions.  The world is full of change and it is a natural phenomena that we can't avoid.  Resisting change and being in-flexible require a significant amount of energy.  Adjusting to change and being flexible are great skills in experiencing the world the way we want to...