I used to think Chinese Medicine was one thing…ineffective. Ineffective except for things like pain. Then my mother used macrobiotics, an off-shoot of Chinese Medical nutrition theory, for stage 3 breast cancer and ended up in complete remission.
I went to school and became a licensed and nationally certified Chinese Medical practitioner, and I still thought Chinese Medicine was ineffective except for physical symptoms.
I found Chinese Medicine was especially effective at treating long-term chronic issues that really had limited treatments in Western medicine and no cures. Things like rashes, diabetes, colds, jaundice, high blood pressure, BPH, migraines, brain fog, heavy limbs, inability to sleep, waking up at night, flu, forgetting things, acid reflux, IBS, and just about any symptom you could imagine.
What I really liked about Chinese Medicine was Chinese Medicine was about improving your well-being, not masking symptoms. Whenever one of my clients used Chinese Medicine, they became stronger.
And Chinese Medicine saw each of the symptoms as a weakness in some area of the body which needed to be repaired and strengthened. Not as an annoyance that needed to be suppressed.
Yet, the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the body I avoided. I avoided these areas for a couple reasons. First, I had experienced a few practitioners who focused on these areas and were ineffective. In my mind, they just seemed like “woo-woo” practitioners. Second, almost all schools in the U.S. are TCM schools or Traditional Chinese Medicine schools which focus on Chinese Medicine as consolidated under Mao. The TCM schools specifically avoid the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects as these aspect were considered unscientific.
The longer I was in clinic, the more my beliefs changed. I started effectively treating the mental chatter and self-talk that can plague clients. This is your internal dialogue where you judge yourself, your actions, and just make a mess of your life.
Then I was asked to treat long-term emotional responses. These are responses we gathered in childhood and react today. The first person was a man who had rage against his father…for good reason. He wanted to be able to put that rage down and stop letting it run so much of his life. I saw him six times. On the sixth treatment he looked at me, astonished, and said, “I don’t feel it anymore. I don’t feel the rage.”
I started effectively working with our emotional responses to situations…especially at work. Most of the time, the responses were based on anxiety, self-doubt, self-blame, anger. The responses were based on our inner programming and were running on auto-pilot.
Lastly, I started working on our spiritual well-being in clinic or the concept of balance in Chinese Medicine. Although, it may be easier to find this spiritual balance in a monastery, the only way to truly identify if we found our balance is through our daily living.
In the end, I realized that Chinese Medicine was effective for whole body well-being. Our responses to life were about balance or disharmony in our body and the ability to strengthen those areas that were weak enabled us to change our world view.
Life has gotten really complex today. It is easy to get sucked up in the negative aspects. It is easy to get sucked up in our own negative internal chatter. But it doesn’t have to be. Through the world of Chinese Medicine, you can acquire new tool sets, methods, practices, medicines, treatments which you can bring into your everyday life. With Chinese Medicine, you can own your well-being.
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