AW, SHE HAS HER MOTHER’S…?

AW, SHE HAS HER MOTHER’S…?

stk124464rkeIt’s almost a newborn’s rite of passage. A baby can’t escape having its looks scrutinized to determine what he/she got from whom. Grandma’s nose, Dad’s eyes, Mom’s mouth, Grandpa’s ears, and on and on.

What we never consider is that maybe the baby inherited someone’s constitutional imbalance as well. Out of sight out of mind, right?

Well, when consulting with patients, it is not uncommon to hear things like, “I get migraine headaches just like my mom used to.” Or, “I remember my dad having the same exact lower back pain I’ve been dealing with.” Or, “My kids have horrible allergy problems just like I do.”

How is it possible that conditions like this are passed on from generation to generation? After all, we’re talking about symptoms here, not looks and physical traits.

When you begin to understand where symptoms come from, one explanation becomes abundantly clear.

First of all, remember that symptoms themselves are not a problem. They are a product of the underlying cause and they also serve as your body’s warning system. So for a certain symptom pattern to be passed on from parents to their children there must be a common underlying cause that triggers the outward symptom, and most often that cause is rooted in the meridian system.

When we look at the distribution of the meridian system, it is quickly apparent that each of the meridians supply energy to a specific organ and part of the body.

By tracing the symptom back to its origin in the meridian system, examination often reveals that parent and child have the same pattern of imbalance and tend to develop a similar pattern of symptoms and signs.

So the symptoms aren’t inherited, but rather the pattern that produces those symptoms. To continually treat the symptom is useless in the long run. The most effective strategy is to correct the underlying cause (meridian imbalance) and let the symptoms take care of themselves.

A child who inherits “clumsiness” from a parent will eventually develop the bumps and bruises that come with it. The point is that he doesn’t inherit the bruises, but rather the propensity to develop them. Work on correcting the clumsiness, and the bruises go away.

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Detox Your Mind

detox your mind

Whether you realize it or not, one of the most powerful forces in your life is your self-image. A positive, healthy self-image can carry you to heights you’ve never imagined, while a negative self-image will pin you down like a lead weight.

To a large degree your self-image is influenced by the pictures and messages you continually feed into your mind. Positive, uplifting messages help to foster a healthy self image, while stories of doom and despair are sure to bring you down.

Your mind, just like your body, is conditioned by the pattern of your daily habits. If you get into the routine of exercising every day and putting wholesome nutritious food into your body, it is inevitable that your level of health will improve. By the same token, feasting on donuts and soda everyday while taking up permanent residence on the couch is like punching your ticket on the express train out of here.

By treating our minds like our bodies, that is feeding them what makes them healthier and exercising them the right way, we can make a complete shift in our mental make-up.

Detoxing your mind takes practice and discipline, but the payoff is invaluable. The eventual goal should be to always ooze positivity, but start by challenging yourself with a few days to a week of elevating your attitude and build from there. Journal your progress and take note of the changes that you see in yourself and in those around you.

Start by replacing the “junk food” that you force feed into your head with outrageously nutritious material. Focus on feeding nothing but positive, motivating things into your mind. This goes for what you watch, read, listen to, and most importantly, what you think.

Replace the dread and corruption reported on the evening news with a motivational reading, spiritual study, or uplifting music. Break away from gossip and get into the habit of passing out compliments.

If negative thoughts about yourself or someone else enter your mind (and they will) work on eliminating them or putting a positive spin on them. For example, instead of complaining that your water bill is too high, come up with creative ways to lower it or simply be thankful that you have running water at the turn of a knob.

You draw into your life those things that you consistently focus your time and energy on. Become a magnet for happiness and prosperity by continually thinking happy, prosperous thoughts. 

Are you Living, or Just Alive?

Life is described as many things by different people, but one thing it can never be defined as is stagnant.

Life is always changing, evolving, increasing, or decreasing in capacity. It is in a constant state of flux.  While you are sitting there seemingly doing nothing, your body is always on the job building and repairing tissue, creating new cells, growing hair and nails, digesting food, etc.  The degree to which your body is able to do these things depends primarily upon the health and vibrancy of your meridian system. There are certainly other factors that come into play such as proper nutrition, level of exercise and adequate rest, but even their potency is diminished when shackled by a weakened supply of energy flowing through the meridian system.  Life is supported by the meridian system and emanates outward into all of your cells, muscles, nerves, organs and tissues.  All other variables being equal, the body is at its healthiest when there is a steady and free flow of energy within the meridian system.  When the meriLiving or Dyingdian system is blocked, or out of balance, your quality of life diminishes.  Think of it as a hose that is pinched and not able to supply the adequate amount of water to a growing plant. Eventually the plant will  die from lack of water.

It is not necessarily safe to assume that you are at your healthiest, or to put it another way, at your most alive, simply because you are living, breathing, and exhibiting no obvious pain or symptoms.  While your level of health may seem completely stable on the outside, in actuality it can be fluctuating under the surface.  A cavity quickly becomes a very painful toothache when the nerve is exposed, but the process leading up that point can take months, or even years.  Nobody would argue that all the while the tooth was unhealthy under the surface even in the absence of symptoms.  To ensure that your body remains at its healthiest, it is essential to maintain a balanced, optimally functioning meridian system and to continually supply your body with the power that it needs to thrive. To merely be symptom-free is not enough.  While many people associate acupuncture with pain relief, the true essence of an acupuncture treatment is to support the normal and balanced flow of energy within the body.