Steps to Healing: Part 2

Steps to Healing: Part 2

As a follow-up to last post on relieving symptoms, this week we will speak a little bit about treating the root cause or the imbalance that is impacting your health. Last week we discussed that treating symptoms was equivalent to cutting the wire or turning off your car’s dashboard warning lights such as the low oil indicator. Treating the imbalance would be adding more oil so the light turns off on its own. From a Chinese Medicine point of view pain, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, poor digestion and insomnia are all caused by an imbalance. In the case of the above car scenario, the imbalance is a lack of oil. In Five Element Acupuncture, our task is to determine the imbalance and use Acupuncture to restore harmony in the system. To explain what I mean by disharmony, we will need to speak a little bit about Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Medicine we consider the body to have 12 Officials, each associated with a primary meridian. Each Official is responsible for specific tasks that impact us on the level of body-mind-emotions. Though each official is named for the organ it passes through, its functions are so much greater than that of the organ alone. Imbalances occur when an Official is operating in excess or deficiency; often the result of some type of trauma – physical, mental or emotional. We often go along for a good many years without even noticing the effects of the disharmony because the rest of the systems compensate. Additional strains create further imbalances and we start to experience symptoms such as pain, exhaustion or anxiety. As a...