After chatting with a long-term patient of 6 years, she looked at me and said,
“Ask the Universe for help with that.”
Chinese medicine is a zoom-out theory and it has taught me how to learn.
Because Chinese medicine doesn’t subscribe to just one line of thinking (keeping all theories and ideas for their appropriate place), over time this permeated into all parts of my being.
I am therefore able to slip seamlessly between spiritual faiths and traditions, and see the common threads.
I am able to visit a martial arts club and not get hung up on style or system.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Patient: I poop once a week and that works for me.
Me: That’s unhealthy. You need to go everyday. I recommend you get some more flax in your diet. I also recommend eating some roughage like apples.
Patient: Flax everyday? And I don’t like apples – they hurt my teeth.
Me: So…what do you have planned for the rest of the day?
Patient: Going to the gym. I’ve gained about 60 pounds over the last year. Stopped going to the gym because my wife and I started trying for a baby.
Me: How are you feeling?
Patient: Nothing happened. My back still hurts.
Me: Okay. So how’s the pain in the hip?
Patients: Oh, that’s gone.
Me: And the hot flashes?
Patients: That’s a lot better.
Patient: I wish I was skinny like you.
Me: Come run sprints with me this week.
Patient: (Nervous laughter.)
Patient: I started with a new exercise class this week after not exercising for a long time.
Me: That’s great!
Patient: She was really good. I didn’t feel anything the next day. No muscle soreness or anything.
I am very blessed to do what I do for a living – trading health for bread.
I am even more blessed that I can do what I do on myself. I am currently nursing my shoulder which seems to pain at the most odd times – like shaking off my toothbrush. Alas, even the jolt from a run is quite annoying.
So I’ve been pinning myself, burning moxa and cupping it daily. Shoulders are tricky – right up there with hips. I find it interesting that shoulders mirror hips according to image- and channel-theory. It’s a pain the ass to try and treat my hip (pun intended), so I’ve just been using the ol’ maxim: ‘Where there is pain, there is a point.’
Unlike Skip, I didn’t start my Chinese medicine studies to keep my body in check because of the active lifestyle I lead, but it’s a wonderful benefit just the same. Blessed, this one will heal himself.
A Discussion of Courage
Huang Di said, “I would like to hear about the origins of bravery and timidity.”
Shao Yu said, “The brave soldier…anger causes the qi to be abundant, the chest to strengthen, the liver qi to be raised, the gallbladder qi to be extended, and the gap between the eyebrows and eyes to be raised. The hair rises and the face becomes green. These are the origins of a brave soldier.”
Huang Di said, “I would like to hear about the origins of the timid soldier.”
Shao Yu said, “The timid soldier…although there may be a proper and great anger, qi is unable to fill the chest, and although the qi of the liver and lungs are raised, the qi is sparse and returns below. Therefore, anger cannot be sustained for a long period. These are the origins of a timid soldier.”
*Emphasis mine. The Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot) is an ancient Chinese medicine text written ~2500 years ago. It is the basis of all things Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Patient came into clinic last night with a yeast infection.
I recommended to her that she not eat any sugar for about 10 days while I treated her and she used an over-the-counter medication.
“No sugar!?” she exclaimed. “What will I eat then because everything has sugar in it?”
Deadpan, I replied, “Vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats.“