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 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.
The take home message is this: acupuncture is about relationships. As an acupuncturist, I seek to understand the relationship between different energy systems in your body, the relationships between a number of physiological forces at work in each of us, and the relationship between your energy and the energy of the outside world.
Eating Disorders are complex pathologies that affect all levels of being, with physical manifestations, emotional imbalances, mental insecurities, and spiritual challenges. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can work alongside nutritional counseling and psychotherapy to empower patients with Eating Disorders to heal themselves.
Transformation. Change. Letting Go. Moving On. These might not be words that come to mind when you think of the Large Intestine. But they are just as connected to that system as are our bowels and our digestive health.
The beauty of TCM lies in its intricate way of understanding the web of energy in the human body – and that energy manifests in the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual sides of ourselves. Thus, TCM can be a wonderful tool to ease some of the emotional pain of a break-up, the loss of a loved one, or other disappointment, heartache, and grief.
Spring has…at least for the time being…sprung. And while springtime brings warmer weather, more sunshine, and a chance to be outside, it also brings its own energetic challenges, which we should all be aware of!