By Cleo Wolf, L.Ac
Balance is the key. The body is composed of matter - tissues, fluids, blood, bones, which fall under the category of Yin. But it also includes energy, processes, activity, chemical reactions, immune responses which fall under the category of Yang. Harmony between Yin and Yang, balance, is essential to well being.
llness or dysfunction waves a red flag of imbalance but then we ask what is the underlying cause and just as important what is the pattern that it takes. This is discovered through questions, observation, listening/smelling and by touch. Ten people may have a cold but each of them may have a different pattern for that cold depending on their constitution, the situation and other variables. Part of clarifying the pattern is discovering symptoms and signs that correspond to different systems. These correspondences have been identified over thousands of years and include common perceptible signs like colors, sounds, smells, shapes that point to a particular system. The ancient Chinese did not have technology like we have today but they had superior powers of observation and they had wisdom.
When we have identified the disease and the pattern we can encourage the body to restore balance between the systems. The more balanced the systems are, the more energy available to enjoy life and maintain health.
The body is amazing! It is so complex but overall it has one prime directive:
~ maintain balance ~
We use the best tools for the job: acupuncture, moxa, guasha, cupping, ear seeds, estim, TDP lamps, herbs, flower essences, essential oils, Qigong, meditation, exercise and diet. None of these forces the body into anything it doesn’t want. We recognize that we cannot know everything and that there may be reasons for what is going on that we have not identified yet. But we can help and enhance what is working and diminish what is dysfunctional or uncomfortable.
Acupuncture uses fine filaments of sterile stainless steel to influence the body systems by moving Qi. Qi (pronounced chee) was never translated because it doesn’t have a near concept in english or other european languages. Qi is what animates us, it is the force of cohesion and dispersion, of movement and response, of desire and decision. In scientific terms it is probably some form of electromagnetism. It moves routinely thru the body in channels and broadly across regions and collects in seas. It circulates and shifts from place to place. It is one thing described as many because it has so many functions.
There are many styles of acupuncture and some use microsystems such as the ears and hands to great advantage. Microsystems reflect and treat the whole body like a keyboard runs a computer. Often the farther away an acupoint from the problem area the stronger its impact will be, like a lever and fulcrum. The microsystems are powerful leverage in our efforts to harmonize and restore balance. The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol is a famous set of points that use the ear to rebalance the nervous system, strengthen the body, calm the mind and harmonize the spirit.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Grad Student, RN, Former Buddhist monk
"The pursuit of health is invariably a spiritual quest."