As many of you probably know by now, I am a huge fan of the Chinese methods of healing. It is completely holistic and close attention is given to our mental and emotional state when healing. I have been reading more about Endometriosis and the possible explanations and solutions given from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view and thought I would share some of the thoughts with you.
The Chinese understanding of the body is all quite beautiful. They describe things in terms of a Qi flow through the body. When we hold anger, stress in the body, this blocks the Qi flow. Endometriosis is described as blocking the Liver and Kidney Qi flow. The Liver Qi is the main one they describe with Endometriosis and is responsible for good blood flow through the body. It is the nourishment of this Qi energy which keeps our body in balance and healed.
There are different ways to stimulate the natural Qi flow again and remove the blockage caused by the anger or stress in the body. Natural herbs create a warming effect in the body to stimulate this Qi flow. Acupuncture stimulates the Qi flow by stimulating the meridian lines in the body and activating this flow.
There are two methods which we can explore ourselves, without having to go and see a Chinese practioner, though naturally you will get faster results by seeing one :)
One is Acupressure and the other is an exercise movement called Qi Gong.
Acupressure works on a similar concept to acupuncture but it is more like a massage technique and allows you to perform it on yourself, in the bath or at the end of the day.
Here are 3 easy acupressure points you can simulate which will help your Kidney and Liver Qi flow.
1. Yong Quan
This is called Bubbling Spring. It is located between the second and third toes, in the groove there. Massage with strong pressure directed inwards and towards the big toe. Slight discomfort or mild pain indicates a blockage. Apply pressure for one minute.
2. San Yin Jiao
This benefits the flow of the Spleen, Liver and Kidney Qi. It is located about 3 finger width from the ankle. Apply pressure in a circular motion. This one is brilliant for your monthly cycle and will alleviate heaps of pressure with our period. It will reduce feelings of irritability and pain in the abdominal area. – Just try it!
3. Nei Guan
This point is located about 3fingers from the wrist. Apply pressure downward in small circular motions, about twenty times. It influences kidney and liver qi.
The other form of naturally stimulating Qi Flow is through a form of exercise. It is called Qi Gong and works on encouraging natural movement through the body. It is quite beautiful and feels really natural and easy. It is like dancing but softer and more beautiful even :)
You don’t have to follow a specific course or class and you can literally just “Go with the flow”. I have tried a few now and absolutely love it. Combine it with Yoga or just do Qi Gong on it’s own. A great way to start the day and get the blood flowing – so to speak :)
Here are some video’s to give you some ideas:
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I know this is all a little different to the typical methods of healing we might be used to. Consider though that the percentage of women with Endometriosis in China is really low. I think we can adapt a few of these methods into our lives and help heal our over emotional minds and bodies :)
Have you tried anything like this before? I was new to all of it and just love it!
Would love to hear your thoughts :)