Steps to Healing: Part 3

Steps to Healing: Part 3

Today’s post, the final of 3 posts about steps in the healing process, will discuss the importance of Maintenance or Wellness Care. Over the last few weeks we discussed the first two phases of healing; Relief Care and Treating the Root Cause. We used an automobile analogy: Relief care is the equivalent of turning off the dashboard indicator light while treating the root cause would be adding more oil to make the dashboard light turn off on its own. Following through with this analogy, Maintenance or Wellness Care is about regularly checking the oil levels, inspecting the gaskets and making sure everything is in working order. In this way, we prevent oil loss before it happens. So how do we use Acupuncture to keep you strong and healthy you ask?  Diagnostics such as pulse diagnosis help us identify imbalances in Qi, vital life force. In many cases, the imbalances are the predecessors to illness and symptoms. Acupuncture treatments balance excess and deficiencies. This coupled with lifestyle changes can create a solid program to promote long-term health and wellness. Many people are fantastic about maintaining their homes, their cars and their electronics. If I were to ask you how much battery is left on your mobile phone, you would probably know the answer. That said, many of us miss the indicators are body provides us; letting us know when we need a break, more sleep, better nutrients, adequate water and sufficient movement. Maintenance care is not only about working with a healthcare expert to monitor and review these signs but also creating a plan to keep the body strong for...
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...