As you may already know, the emotions play a key role in our overall health and wellbeing. Being able to identify what drives or motivates you in your daily life can really act as a guide to leading a more fulfilling life. Knowing your emotional self can lead you to ground when there is a storm around you. Asian medicine has its roots in working with archetypal emotions and can be quite helpful energetically with allowing your being to process them.
Unprocessed emotions can clog the wheels so to speak. Stuck emotions can and will contribute to the breakdown of internal functional integrity. Pain of any kind can be associated with stuck or un processed emotions.
Physiologically speaking: Being in a chronic state of fear, worry, anger, and or grief can overwhelm the system and we can get stuck on (hyper vigilance) or stuck off (adrenal fatigue). If we are in a chronic state of hyper vigilance the rest and digest part of our nervous system can wear out and contribute to adrenal fatigue. This can also slow or shut down our ability to digest (either food and or life in general).
The 12 primary organ systems help us regulate our present life situations:
Kidney Urinary bladder system: help us with fear and deep phobias
Liver Gall bladder system: help us with anger and or resentments
Spleen Stomach system: help us with chronic worry or being able to integrate circumstance
Lung Large intestine system: help us with processing grief
Heart Small intestine: help us when we feel a lack of abundance and joy and feel stuck in the muck
Additionally, The 8 Extraordinary channels help us access ancestral or prenatal issues including trauma. These channels work with what we call our vital essence, what we have inherited and what we have conditioned ourselves to.
Fortunately for you we don’t always have to discuss or enter talk therapy to regulate these internal processes. As Holistic doctors we are trained to see through the veil and treat accordingly. Aubrey actually wrote her doctoral capstone on the effects of acupuncture and posttraumatic stress syndrome. If you are struggling give us a call!
In the meantime, enjoy a poem from Maria Sabina, a Mexican Curandera (Medicine Woman)
“ Cure yourself, with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon.
With the sound of the river and the waterfall.
With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds.
Heal yourself, with the mint and mint leaves,
with neem and eucalyptus.
Sweeten yourself with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.
Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a touch of cinnamon.
Put love in tea instead of sugar
And take in looking at the stars
Heal yourself, with the kisses that the wind gives you
and the hugs of the rain.
Get strong with bare feet on the ground
and with everything that is born from it.
Get smarter every day by listening to your intuition,
looking at the world with the eye of your forehead.
Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.
Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember...
you are the medicine. "