DO YOU SUFFER FROM PAINFUL JOINTS OR CARPAL TUNNEL?

Many people ask: “what foods to eat and which qi gong exercises and self-shiatsu points would help to alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and painful joints?”

WHICH ORGANS AFFECT THE FLEXIBILITY AND SWELLOING IN THE JOINTS?

 If you are experiencing stiff, painful joints or carpal tunnel, this could be due to stagnation of blood flow.   Qi gong is an ideal exercise to unblock stagnant blood flow and qi (life force energy), and combined with some acupressure points, you may find relief from stiff or painful joints.

When we are talking about blood flow, it is important to focus on the Heart and the Liver because they’re responsible for your body’s flow of energy and blood.  

This year, my focus will be on the Heart with two Wellness Retreats focused on Heart Health: Ireland (sold out) and Lanzarote (2 spaces only left for the Lanzarote residential retreat CLICK HERE )

BLOOD & THE HEART IN CHINESE MEDICINE

In TCM, the concept of blood encompasses not only its physical components but also its energetic and spiritual aspects.

Blood is seen as the material basis for the Shen or spirit, and its production involves not just physiological processes but also energetic transformations.

The emphasis on the heart’s role in blood production and its connection to the Shen underscores the holistic understanding of health in TCM. The heart is considered the residence of the Shen and plays a crucial role not just in pumping blood but also in nurturing the spiritual aspect of human life.

We must find a home for the Shen/Spirit to reside, and that is the Heart energetic system and the blood.

Western medicine primarily focuses on the physiological aspects of blood production and circulation. Blood is produced in the bone marrow and circulated through the body via the cardiovascular system, with the heart acting as the pump to propel blood through the vessels.

Despite these differences in emphasis and perspective, both traditions recognize the importance of a healthy cardiovascular system for overall health and vitality. A well-functioning heart ensures the smooth and efficient circulation of blood, providing nourishment to tissues and organs while removing metabolic wastes, thus contributing to overall wellness.

Emotionally we are at peace and in balance able to see the beauty in life.

CAN DIET AFFECT INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY?

The short answer is yes! One of my favourite parts of Chinese medicine includes healing your body with food.

“Inflammatory arteritis is swelling in the walls of your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Swelling from inflammatory arteritis can cause blockages or aneurysms in your arteries, including your aorta (your body’s largest artery).”

In traditional Chinese medicine, each organ pair is linked to a season and a food that can boost your body’s healing properties. You can see in the 5 element wheel in the illustration above which foods and flavours support and heal which organ.

 

You can read lots about how different foods affect your body and your organs in my cook books HERE.

Eating Spring vegetables like kale, spring greens and green vegetables and herbs that are often bitter in flavour (rocket, parsley, etc) will benefit both the Heart and Liver with their colour and flavour.

The bitterness of these Spring green foods help the Heart and the Liver, which can help your blood and energy flow more easily and smoothly.

ACUPRESSURE FOR PAIN

In this Ask Me Anything podcast episode, I demonstrate some self-shiatsu acupressure points, including Large Intestine 9 which is great to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Watch the full episode HERE (Painful Joints & Carpal Tunnel) to see how to find this source point and connect with it, allowing the energy within this point to flow smoothly, relieving any pain or tension in the area.

HOW TO PRESS ACUPRESSURE POINTS

When you are practising Qi Gong or any Shiatsu practice, it is important to know how to connect the movement to your body’s energy flow.

It is just as important to understand how to find an acupressure point as it is to know how to use it by connecting your mind and body to its purpose.

ASK A QUESTION, ASK ME ANYTHING!

The Ask Me Anything podcast series has been created to answer your questions using my knowledge of Chinese medicine, Qi Gong, Qi Food therapy and Shiatsu.  You can ask a question by clicking HERE, or you can watch or listen to past episodes to see if your question has already been answered.

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