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The Emotional Aspect of Health and Acupuncture

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (1)
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.

 

Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients.  This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.

Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.

How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?


  • The lungs and the large intestine are a major pathway of elimination and related to a healthy immune system.  Problems in this area are a clue that all is not well.
  • The Lungs and Large Intestine are also related to exhalation, sweating (excessive and insufficient), elimination of toxins (through the skin and bowel) and elimination of urine.
  • Issues with the large intestine, will often appear in the skin as issues of rashes, itching and irritation.
  • When the lung energy is out of balance, we tend to be inflexible in our ways and stiff in our bodies.   

When the Lung and Large Intestines are impaired, ailments may include bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhoea, spastic colon, and abdominal pain. These physical imbalances can then compound our emotions leading to depression, stubbornness (inability to “let go”), isolation, and negativity.  


Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)..


  • Eat pungent foods such as garlic, onions, ginger, mustard, horseradish and watercress generate warmth, supporting the Lungs and Large Intestine. 
  • Pungent foods are often rich in sulphur which can aid in restoring energy, have anti-parasitic properties and clean the blood. So enjoy that wasabi with your sushi.
  • In TCM, Lung energy is also associated with the emotion of "letting go" or grief. We've all experienced loss, separation, “letting go" and feeling grief at such times. Grief cleanses us of what is no longer needed in our lives. It is important then to look after our Lung and Large Intestine to maximise their function of elimination (think "letting go") of that which no longer serves us. 


Other Suggestions for being in Harmony with Autumn



  • Declutter - let go, donate, sell, get organised, make a task list...
  • Reflect on your perspective and attitude - resolve where possible and/or it let go, forgive, accept; focus on the positive aspects in life...
  • Breathe - slowly and deeply, inhaling the clean autumn air, feeling yourself energised and purified.
  • Keep hydrated...
  • Eat foods that are local, spray free and in season.


Take things one step at a time and remember to congratulate yourself when you finish things on your to do list.

Autumn is a great time to treat the Lung and Large Intestine energy as it is at it's peak at this time so come on in for some acupuncture if you'd like a Lung and Large Intestine pick me up.

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