Treating Chronic Inflammation with Chinese Medicine

upset stomach chinese medicineIn today’s deadline riddled, multitasking society, chronic inflammation seems to be an all too common occurrence. Though inflammation is a normal response to toxins, infections and foreign bodies; chronic inflammation can predispose an individual to various medical conditions. These conditions include: allergies, reflux, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and inflammatory bowel disorders.

“From the perspective of Chinese Medicine modern life generates excess heat.  In western terms, this is a result of sympathetic overdrive – too much cortisol and adrenalin- that set the stage for inflammation.”

The treatment for excess heat in Chinese Medicine (CM) is to nourish the yin (moisture and blood) which will calm the heat of inflammation.  Chronic stress keeps us in a fight or flight response which raises heart rate, blood pressure and releases glucose into the blood.

In CM chronic stress creates stagnation of energy and blood and forms phlegm.  This stagnation interferes with circulation (hot head and trunk and cold limbs) thereby increasing body heat, drying secretions and making them difficult to release.  Having your energy balanced with acupuncture or acupressure and utilizing Chinese herbs will help to restore the body to homeostasis clearing heat and phlegm and increasing moisture and blood.

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Supporting Bladder Energy During Winter

In past blog posts, I’ve spoken about the connection between bladder meridian and back pain.  Balancing the energy of the bladder meridian will help to relax tight back muscles and promote a state of deep relaxation.

During the winter season, the energies are very strong in the kidney and bladder meridians.  It is especially important to nurture and support these energy pathways at this time.

When the bladder energy is blocked, we feel exhausted. Feelings of isolation, anxiety, and fearfulness can also occur. The desire to hide away may be present: seeing the world as an unsafe place.

The bladder energy imbalance can also appear as a totally different extreme, lack of fear or false bravado.  This behavior is based in fear and can lead to engaging in dangerous sports and activities.

Tips for supporting the bladder meridian during winter:

  • Drink plenty of water (spring or carbon filtered is recommended)
  • Use only quality salt such as Himalayan, Celtic or unprocessed sea salt
  • Eat an alkaline diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Some foods which support bladder energy are: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, mushrooms, radishes, yams, garlic, onion, seaweed, pine nuts, all beans, bone marrow, bone broth, venison, pork, chicken, bananas, blueberries, and pears.

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Bladder Meridian and Back Pain

back painI’ve spoken of the Bladder Meridian being the longest and most influential since it crosses all the other meridians.  During winter the energies are most active in Bladder and Kidney Meridians.  This is the time of the water element.  When the Bladder Meridian is out of balance both physical and emotional symptoms can occur.

Some physical symptoms associated with an imbalance in the Bladder Meridian are:

  • headaches
  • urinary problems (i.e. frequent urination, incontinence)
  • back pain
  • eye pain
  • colds

Emotional symptoms of Bladder Imbalance include: being fearful and inflexible, low energy, resisting change and a persistent negative attitude.

The Bladder Meridian is closely aligned with the autonomic nervous system because it runs down the entire length of the spine with two branches on either side of the backbone.  These four branches directly influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic trunks of the autonomic nervous system which regulate our flight or fight response and all the body’s basic functions.

In today’s stressful world many people have overly stimulated sympathetic nervous systems; creating a constant state of fear or anxiety.  Over time this anxiety tightens the muscles of the spine creating pain.  Back tension and pain can be relieved by stimulating the energy flow along the Bladder Meridian.

Opening the energy channels of the Bladder Meridian will create a state of total relaxation and switch the autonomic nervous system over to the restful parasympathetic mode. Having your energy balanced with acupressure or acupuncture will positively affect both body and mind.

 

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