We are emotional beings, which I believe is a huge part of what makes us socomplex and wonderful with incredible diversity, compassion, integrity and intuition. Emotions are not a bad thing (seen as they are what make us human), even though we are often lead to believe that we should not express them (maybe more so for men, in some cultural societies anyway).
There are classically seven emotions recognised in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each organ is more affected by different emotions. For example grief and sadness affect the lungs. Acupuncture can assist in regulating emotions when they get a little out of balance.
In this Podcast, Pia and I share some of our cases and experience with treating people who are having problems with, anger, depression, anxiety, sadness /grief over worrying etc. We talk about various cases that we have treated which have highlighted the power of Abdominal Acupuncture. We discuss difficult cases such as clients suffering with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. As practitioners we can be vulnerable when dealing with such highly charged emotions, but still we try to give our clients the best care and support that we can.
We share the success stories of resolving extreme fear / paranoia, anxiety, depression etc., with Abdominal Acupuncture. This podcast also looks at cases where we have used acupuncture to help clients to start to feel again, after avoiding or suppressing such emotions as the grief of miscarriage or other loss. We share some of the protocols that we might use when treating emotional dis-harmony with Abdominal Acupuncture. Prescriptions such as Abdominal Meridian System (AMS) opening treatment or the “Lotus Flower” and how it can be a great place to start in order to reset the emotions. The "Abdominal Four Gates" St 24 (Huaroumen) & St 26 (Wailing) and "Heaven & Earth" Ren 12 (Zhongwan) and Ren 4 (Guanyuan) are discussed and how powerful their effect can be, sometimes in a surprisingly short period of time.
Autumn is a time for the Lungs (metal) which are particularly prone to sadness and grief and often this is the season where these emotions even after a time of being suppressed suddenly rear their emotional heads. Realising that Autumn is the season for “letting go” it can help to explain this to clients who become confused as to why they should feel this way after such a long time since the original loss.
Pia and I discuss the potential reasons and possible mechanisms by which the abdomen can be so powerful at addressing emotional issues. With the high volumes of dopamine, the neuro transmitter at the heart of our reward mechanism and regulation of vast array of functions within and outside of the central nervous system. It is linked to depression as well as the perception of pleasure, such as that felt with orgasm. Serotonin “the happy hormone” is another essential neuro - transmitter involved in the immune function, and a vast array of regulatory functions including sleep, mood and general health. Serotonin can therefore have a huge effect on how we feel since 90% of the body's Serotonin is found in the gut. Abdominal Acupuncture can help to regulate its effects. There are so many potential mechanisms including the energetics of the area, that might come into play to give Abdominal Acupuncture an edge when treating emotional dis-harmony. It leaves scope for a very long discussion, but rest assured this podcast is only around 30 minutes!