Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that each Organ system has a specific time of day when it functions at its highest and lowest energy. Certain activities and moods are expected at specific hours of the day, and reflect the state of your vital energy and overall health. Practitioners can decipher a pattern in your symptoms or an imbalance in your system using this clock as a guide. For example, if you often find yourself waking up between 3:00-5:00AM, this may be indicative of a Lung condition/imbalance or you may be experiencing deep grief or sadness (emotions associated with Lungs).
How does your daily routine compare? Are you able to detect any imbalances in your system?
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The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach examines the state of the tongue and pulse to determine an appropriate diagnosis for each patient. Also taking each symptom or ailment into account, the body is viewed as a holistic system in which everything is interconnected and every piece of the puzzle must be examined in order to understand the state of the individual's health.
This fun chart displays rough guidelines for the clues that an acupuncturist is looking for when examining a patient's tongue each visit. What does YOUR tongue say about YOUR health?
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"Qi is the root of a human being. It is the basis of all phenomena in the universe."
-Giovanni Maciocia, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine
Qi is the essential component on which Traditional Chinese Medicine operates. It is the natural energy of life; the vital energy that keeps us alive and well. Qi, or energy, is the essential building block of everything around us and within us. The goal of TCM is to harmonize Qi in order to achieve optimal health and wellbeing, because the manipulation of this internal energy leads to healing.
Qi allows all of the systems of the body to communicate with each other. Without Qi, there would be no growth, no change, no life. It flows through the meridian pathways of the body, and each meridian has a corresponding internal organ. Qi transmits information to and among the body's vital organs and keeps the body in balance through regulating its functions-- from temperature, to hydration levels, to emotions.
The body remains healthy if Qi is able to flow and communicate freely throughout the entire body, maintaining the meridians and organs in a harmonious balance. If Qi is balanced, then the meridian system is operating well, which means the body is well and healthy. Blockages or imbalances within the meridian system result in stagnated Qi, eventually leading to dis-ease within the body. This further traumatizes the entire mind-body-spirit spectrum that is so critical to our well-being.
Qi is stimulated through acupuncture, acupressure, foods, herbs, Qigong, meditation, etc. which all work to restore balance to the system and achieve overall health and well-being.
After an acupuncture treatment, people often feel euphoric, relaxed, and energized-- this is the work of Qi. Utilizing acupuncture for well-being can help one find their purpose or new sources of happiness as their vital energy and overall view of life is enhanced in the absence of dis-ease.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR QI AND SCHEDULE AN ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT! :)
Nervous about trying acupuncture? Do a little research into the research! Studies are being conducted EVERY DAY to confirm the validity of acupuncture across a variety of conditions. What makes this research so beautiful and fascinating, is that no one is being harmed or put at risk! Zero side effects!
Also, just because some ailments have not been proven through clinical study, does not mean that there are not hundreds, if not thousands of success stories about acupuncture curing these conditions. Research is just having a hard time explaining and solidifying *why* it helps, but thousands of years of history should at least be an indication that it is worth trying.
Do some research, boost your confidence and try it for yourself! You have nothing to lose, and a whole lot of Qi, balance, and well-being to gain!
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