我经常被患者询问我如何进入这种类型的药物。当我告诉他们时，我最初是针对恐惧症，并试图作为一个最后的手段来帮助悲伤，其中大多数人说 - “我不知道针灸可以为此工作。”我通常回复的是，“我既不是 - 直到我试过它。”
Back in March of 2003, my father passed away due to a long battle with Alcoholism. I was his primary caretaker, his youngest daughter of five, and the one who followed his every step as a child. Losing him was unbearable for my sisters and me. After years of coping with what we knew was coming, the physical pain culminated in a pain that felt like anvils were on my neck and shoulders. I tried all avenues to resolve the pain – pain medications, massage, meditation, therapy – all to no avail.
我第一次治疗感觉主要的体重是李fted off of my spirit. It washed away the years of fear, anger, and resentment that I experienced. It almost felt like someone had finally taken a lid off of the tea-kettle of trauma that was clearly whistling for relief. My neck and shoulder pain was gone, and my ability to cope with my grief became a lighter weight to carry. After years of treatment for grief and other ailments, I wanted nothing more than to learn how to share this newfound knowledge of healing and preventative medicine as treatments for transitions in life.
We’ve experienced a lot of transitions in the year since COVID Quarantine began. Some of us enjoyed the virtual work environment and working from home (for the first time in a long time, if ever). But by the third day of using Zoom, many of us melted down like Peter Finch in the movie “Network.” Although this film is a little before my time, I remember my father referencing it often when he was on the verge of spontaneously combusting.
Quarantine was/is a time of transition. Seasons transitioned. Relationships transitioned: some grew stronger while some withered apart. The transition of economic status: some found new amazing ways to grow their field while others had to downsize or shut down altogether. The transition of patterns: we all had to find new ways to share with our friends and families without putting them or ourselves at risk. Many people sadly transitioned.
While some people were affected on a more Universal level, others were impacted directly, and customary forms of grief like holding a transitioning loved one’s hands through their process were impossible. Transitions that may or may not have been due to COVID-19 had to be experienced with little or no physical support. The lack of support put a huge mental and physical strain on healthcare workers and families alike.
These experiences have led to a different type of mourning. One that does not allow for closure as easily because of an overarching feeling of unjustified absence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or survivor’s guilt. As a result, the various stages of Grief can cycle out of control.
There are five stages to grief
While these can coexist, there is usually one that stands out more than any other, and the stages can cycle or repeat themselves. At times, and especially over the past year, we don’t even know the stages are occurring, and we’re just going through the motions, hampered by random emotions or trying to stay safe/well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we try to work with the stage our patient is in and focus on the Meridians that can be affected by emotional changes. We consider the seasons, the pulse, the tongue, the overall constitution of the patient, and any pre-existing conditions while trying to prevent disharmony in the patient’s overall presentation. As we transition back into the Spring season, there is no better time than the present to begin to deal with the balancing of these emotions.
The Metal element controls Wood. Metal is associated with the Lung Meridian, the most delicate organ that enriches and provides the Qi (Energy) flow of the body and allows for the free flow of emotions. Metal is the Meridian that is most closely related to the Lungs and Colon, and the Grief emotion can cause a disturbance in both.
Here are some ways to help create that balance:
Eat warm foods like wheats and oats. These can be grounding foods and can help with the production of blood which is stored in the Liver. The taste associated with your liver and the Wood element is Sour. For patients who have issues with Tendon and Sinew pain – we ask them to avoid this flavor; for those who have no pain, we ask them to start their day with Lemon or Lime water to help jump start and pucker up the Liver.
长途跋涉，欣赏绽放，即很快就会自然地发生。眼睛和你的视线是与肝脏相关的感官，并帮助抚慰这些是非常重要的。In spring, seasonal allergies are a huge issue for some people and can impede outdoor activities, so a good home remedy is to get local, organic honey from a farmer’s market and add 1 teaspoon to your morning tea/coffee to help boost your immunity to allergens. Walking and movement (even if just around your living room!) also help to restore and circulate the Qi of the Lung.
Weekly acupuncture became a regular part of my healing process, and it helped improve my overall health. It’s also helped me treat acute disorders like stress fractures (stay tuned for more on those trials and tribulations).
At Yinova, we focus heavily on making sure that we help reduce stress for our patients and make sure that their emotions are balanced. A body in harmony with the mind is capable of doing many great things!
It’s been very important for each of us to find our own rhythm of what works best for us during the past year.现在越来越多的人接种了疫苗and COVID cases are starting to decline, more people are beginning to reconnect with their loved ones and venture out of their homes. It’s a very good time to remember those who were not as fortunate. It’s also a very good time to start implementing preventative medicine to continue caring for ourselves and our families.