Discover the Eight Branches of Eastern Medicine as a way to think about your self and your place in life...
Western Philosophy treats the body and mind as separate entities; it is a style of medicine that is 200 years old. It is a reductionist based theory where body structure is studied to better understand function. Body and organ parts are treated verses the whole being of body, mind and spirit. People are managed with chemicals that treat symptoms. Eastern Philosophy focuses on the mind-body connection. It is 5000 years old and therefore built on many years of knowledge that have been constantly added. Eastern medicine focuses on the cause and origin and the emotion of the person, it is a functional way of medicine. Here are the 8 Branches of Eastern Medicine:
2. Exercise – Mindful movement like Tai Chi or Qigong
3. Diet, including tonic herbs
4. Astrology, know yourself
5. Geomancy/Feng Shui – know your space
6. Bodywork, Tuina
The Eight Branches are available to everyone who is in search of self discovery, an adventure of the self in this world so to speak. Not only can you find greater awareness and understanding of yourself and others, you can also begin to make sense of your place in the world and what you are here for, no small thing!,
GREAT WHITE CRANE QIGONG is for your immune system, your Wei Qi. This form promotes the health of your lungs and increases your Qi making it bigger and stronger. This form opens your connection to others, your connection to the universe and resets your biological clock so that you are in sync with nature. What does this mean? That you can sleep during the night and be awake during the day. This form is also good for motion sickness as it opens the pericardium channel. When you work to establish a good rhythm for the lungs, then you can affect the rhythm of your heart for long term health and integrity.Whew
Food as medicine
Heat and fire are very good things to have since we need the fire of the heart to have the oomph to want to live and create and enjoy a satisfying life. Yet with the continued heat of summer, nature's heat can take up residence on your insides. To observe this, you can self check to see how too much heat might be affecting you: nose bleeds, angry, agitation, jittery feeling, can't sit still, agressiveness, increased anxiety, feeling of being hot all the time, can't cool off, mind won't quit, difficulty making decisions, insomnia, especially difficult to fall asleep, (menopausal heat is a totally different subject).
How do you cool the fires? Cooling heat in the body with food is a good start. Daily intake of dark leafy greens, this means kale, spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, mustard greens or bok chop. You can lightly cook them with a bit of water, essentially wilting them down. Find a good watermelon to eat or try edemame, or celery and cucumber in red wine vinegar, just slice them very fine, sprinkle with vinegar and a little bit of black pepper. Continue to limit ice cold drinks and iced foods that you eat so that your stomach does not churn out more heat to digest the icy intake.More Energetically Cold Foods: cucumber, tomato, rhubarb, tofu, banana, cranberry, grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, watermelon, yoghurt.
For those of you with a more delicate digestion look to and consume more cool foods rather than cold foods for summertime: Cool Foods: asparagus, box chop, broccoli, celery, daikon, lettuce, radish, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard, navy beans, wild rice, apple, avocado, blueberry, kiwi, pear, strawberry, tangerine. button mushroom, tree tea, sesame oil, sesame sauce, beer.Neutral Foods are those very easy to digest and good for anyone especially if you are "under the weather." Neutral Foods: beets, cabbage, corn, cauliflower, green onions, olives, potatoes, string beans, sweet potatoes, yams, aduki beans, black soy beans, corn, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, rice, figs and plums.
Please also keep in mind how much you are outside in the heat. Do you work outside? Do you work in a hot kitchen all day? Do you work in a warehouse all day? Does your car not have air conditioning? Does your house not have air conditioning? When you can take steps both with food and exposure to hours of intense heat, then you can begin to understand what works best for you.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition..
Check out these books to find out more on the subjects of energy as movement and as art of placement in your surroundings. And yep, I am currently reading each of these.
THE TAO OF EQUUS ~ This is a great book for horse enthusiasts and anyone who wants a better understanding of the natural world and how energy presents in animals and humans alike. Discussion of the enteric system - each living things intuitive relay system, how to use it, how to understand it. The author is super intelligent, as in Western smart and applies this to her understanding and writing. Soooo, sometimes a thick read to get through, yet she has invaluable insights into the nature of being so definitely worth it to slog through those bits.
FLYING STAR FENG SHUI ~ This system of Feng Shui divides your house into 9 parts according to the 8 directions. Learn to activate or subdue energy in these parts of your house for better energy balance in your life each year.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF LAO TZU ~ Philosophy to explain why you are here, what you can experience and how that is and is not important! Find meaning from the inside of you, rather than searching your whole life on the outside for what will make you happy, content. Each page is like a gift, some pages speak to you, some don't. Maybe in a few months that page that meant nothing to you, is now where you are at and you understand! AH, you see. A book you can open each day and to find inspiration and understanding of "The Way".