This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 06/17/2013. By Marcie Bower, Lic.Ac. Xiao Yao San – or, “Free and Easy Wanderer” is probably the most commonly prescribed Chinese Herbal Remedy in the United States. Depending on the patient’s presentation, it can be a useful therapy for a wide variety of … Continue reading Xiao Yao San–“Free and Easy Wanderer”
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.
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.
I decided to try an experiment. I thought I would try not eating refined sugar for one month, and see how I felt. I wasn’t intending for a sugar-free existence to become my way of life. Now, almost one year later, I think that stopping eating sugar has been one of the best decisions for my physical health and emotional well-being that I have ever made.
The above mentioned article recounts a recent scientific study in which mice that were given high amounts of beneficial probiotics appeared less stressed – and actually produced less stress hormones – when put into abruptly stressful situations, such as being dropped into a pool of water. Moreover, when the connection between the gut and the brain was severed, these mice no longer showed decreased signs of stress. The author concludes that “There's nothing metaphorical about "gut feelings," for what happens in the gut really does influence what we feel.”
In all dimensions, the Spleen allows our body to welcome and process the nourishment we deserve. When the Spleen is weak, we are undernourished, in body, mind, and spirit, no matter how much food we eat or how much we surround ourselves by nourishing places and activities. So how do we avoid damaging our Spleen?