If a patient comes in to my clinic experiencing a rash in a line across his ribcage, or tingling in the skin down the side of the shin, I immediately want to treat their spine. Why? Because of something called dermatomes.
There are many herbs used in Chinese Herbal Medicine that can help to stoke our internal fire, and help to warm us up from the inside out!
My suggestion it to do a “Detox Lifestyle Overhaul”, which involves making a number of small health choices that you can then choose to continue or stop, after you see how they serve you for one month. Here are my suggestions for a January Detox:
Therefore, as effective and, in fact, necessary physical exercise is for moving our qi, so too can we exercise our emotions/mind. Qi stagnation closes things down, tightens things up, and slows things down. In the mind, qi stagnation manifests as stress/anxiety, irritability or anger, overthinking, excessive worry, depression, an inability to let things go, to name a few. We can see in these examples that the ‘stuckness’ of the flow of qi through ourselves impacts the way we perceive and interact with the world.
The Five Elements refer to 5 fundamental forces of nature – these forces play out in our bodies and in the rhythms of the natural world. The Five Elements offer a way for me, as an acupuncturist, to understand the complex relationships at play between various energy systems in your body.
The Liver meridian “opens into the eyes” and thus blockages in its energy flow can have a direct impact on the eyes. There are many different types of energy in the Liver meridian, and a pathology in any of these levels can cause eye problems. If there is a weakness in the Liver Blood energy, for instance, a patient may experience blurry vision or sandy-feeling eyes, and may have spots or floaters in their field of vision.
The energy of the Lungs, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, controls a wide array of physiological functions in the body. This energy is associated with the energy of the fall – of harvest, and turning inward, and protection.