Over the years, we have developed a distorted view of sickness and disease; focusing on the symptoms and forgetting about the root cause. We tend to manage the symptoms, instead of allowing them to guide us on a trail to the root cause. Our symptoms are usually the red flags warning us to change or modify our behavior. Ultimately, It is the body’s desire to thrive, survive, and be well.
Acupuncture looks beyond the symptoms to the cause of disharmony. While an immediate benefit to treatment may be pain relief, it ultimately works to facilitate the healing process of the body. Healing takes place when the cause of disharmony is identified and balance is restored. Balance is unique to each individual; there is no one size fits all. What may be balance to one is imbalance for another.
Forms of Imbalance that may cause disharmony:
· Too much rest, not enough physical exercise
· Too much work, not enough rest
· An unbalanced diet
· An unbalanced emotional life
Lack of Exercise
Lack of exercise can lead to disharmony or disease. Regular exercise encourages proper circulation of Qi. The absence of exercise will result in Stagnation of Qi or in some cases dampness. Qi is responsible for all movement and accompanies all movement. When Qi is moving smoothly there is no disharmony.
Any activity carried out to the point of exhaustion can lead to depletion. Excessive work includes, physical activity, one’s occupation, lifting, dancing, sports, etc. Any activity that occurs for long hours without adequate rest over long periods of time will lead to Yin deficiency or Kidney Yin deficiency. If you are Yin deficient there is an over consumption of fluids and will manifest as dryness, dry mouth, dry skin, or dry eyes to name a few.
What we put in our bodies is extremely important. Chinese medicine considers both what you eat and how you eat. Quality of food is important but so are your reasons and methods for eating. For instance, eating in a hurry while working, eating late in the evening, or eating during times of emotional tension may interfere with digestion and lead to deficiency of stomach yin.
Chaotic Emotional Life
It is no secret that being in a hyper-emotional state for months or even years can affect the body. In Chinese medicine, emotions are considered a cause of disharmony when we do not posses them but they posses us. Prolonged states of joy, anger, fear, sadness, worry, pensiveness, and shock all effect the flow of qi in different ways. For example, excessive worry can cause qi to knot and cause symptoms such as chest discomfort, tense shoulders, or abdominal distention.
Patterns not symptoms
Instead of focusing on symptoms, Chinese medicine looks at the overall pattern of disease. There is a dual focus on the cause and how it relates to other patterns or symptoms. This blended approach delves past a surface solution, to a better understanding of its origin, development, and relationship with other patterns.
Acupuncture seeks to restore harmony and balance in two ways. First, a custom treatment plan tailored to your specific condition and lifestyle. Second, through identifying disharmony and advising necessary changes by examining overall health history and patterns.