Balancing Emotions Keeps the Body in Shape
Oct 01, 2013 05:47PM
● By Kerry Abaco, AP
Acupuncture, which is more than 5,000 years old, is good for getting from illness back to health and then to wellness visits, which supply the proverbial “ounce of prevention.” A fit body is a product of mental, emotional, physical aspects. The mental creates the physical, as far as the body goes.
Depression usually leads to overeating, which definitely does not lead to a fit body. Chinese medicine recognizes that organs correspond to emotions, too. For example, too much worrying causes an ulcer, and that is located in the stomach; over-thinking or worrying affects the spleen, which is related to the well-being of the muscles in the body. So mentally and emotionally, there are attachments directly related to thinking or emotions that can be out of balance.
Knowing the cause of these things can be helpful for developing a healthy body. Western medicine may prescribe drugs that take away the awareness and the pain, but Chinese medicine can actually get to the root of it. Most always, there is an emotional imbalance before there is the physical imbalance, excluding injuries, so prevention is a good idea. The Chinese do not pay when they are sick—they pay the doctor to keep from getting sick. In that aspect, we keep the bodies “tuned”.
Chinese doctors discovered the immune system 2,000 years ago; actually, several of them. When the immune system is lacking, disease follows, including cancer. There’s also a lack of strength. If there is a mental issue that is part of the problem, we treat the mind, body and spirit. We treat all, which leaves a balanced human being, all set and ready to run that race, to jump into the gym, to swim and to enjoy life to a greater capacity.