The Small Intestine (SI) channel in Acupuncture practice is, in my opinion, highly under-utilised and therefore never truly used to its full potential. As the channel trajectory covers some important and integral joints of the skeletal system such as the wrist, elbow, shoulder etc many practitioners use the corresponding points for influencing muscular-skeletal conditions as a primary choice.
The Heart protector, also known as the Pericardium, comes from the Greek word signifying around and heart and is a significant energetic and structural (membrane) component in the body as it protects and covers the heart. In Chinese Medicine, the Pericardium plays a crucial role as the protector of the heart because the heart governs and harbours the mind and the Spirit.
Autoimmune Disease can have many hidden triggers. Some of these are – yeast, virus and bacterial infections, food allergens like wheat and gluten causing inflammation, heavy metals such as mercury, nutritional, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, poor gut permeability and lack of exercise. Of these, there is still an overlooked root problem giving rise to a dysfunction of the immune system and its consequent attack on the body.
The will power in an individual derives from two functional aspects of the kidney energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidneys along with all other organs have a yin and yang component. The yin is often responsible for functional and physiological mechanics while the yang is the expression and power of this aspect. In terms of the will, this is the spiritual association of the kidney and it is controlled and expressed in balance if there is balance between the yin and yang.
A powerful and often underused acupuncture point also known as qi hole or qi cave (energy hole or energy cave) is located on the lower abdomen sharing (or carrying) the energy of the Chong Mai channel (the blood chamber/uterus channel). As the name ‘door of infants’ suggests, this can be a truly remarkable point to open the channel and influence reproductive organs which may have an impact on conception.
According to Chinese medicine, the lungs are the source of our intrinsic values and by living according to what’s most meaningful to us, this will allow our innate inspiration. The internal branch of the liver channel leaves and passes through the diaphragm to connect with the lungs. This energy will travel smoothly if one seeks to act with assertion and hope (Liver 14 – Gate of Hope) to meet one’s palace (The lungs).
Are you suffering from Chronic Fatigue or Tiredness?
If you have tried everything such as correcting your diet, exercising, taking vitamins and minerals and you find yourself still feeling flat, let me tell you one of the most overlooked reasons behind your problem.
Many illnesses can be due to a lack of energy, dehydration and most commonly stress. Stress can be a precursor for a wide range of illnesses. Daily stress at random intervals is ok. In fact it is needed for you to keep challenging yourself in order to keep evolving and growing.
As the water and He-Sea point in Chinese Medicine, the channel dives in deeper and the energetics become stronger and more targeted and may influence the energy of the heart muscle. Lonny Jarrett explains it well and the idea refers to the fact that if the water element FAILS to rise and control the expression of fire (water/fire axis), our desires flame the ego and this conditions our mind to become attached to superficial drama.
The first and foremost priority of a Chinese Medicine practitioner (in fact all health practitioners in my opinion) as stated in the Ling Shu is Intention. This should clear up many mis-conceptions for those who find a weakness in their diagnostic abilities. In fact, diagnosis falls at number 5. Intention to treat with a clear heart of serving reinstates your skill and ability as a practitioner.