It’s Not All in the Head

Often people think that if there is a psycho somatic component to their illness it means it’s not really in their body. In other words, if they have an emotional issue around which their body symptoms exist, somehow this means the pain isn’t really in their body.

It really is in the body. The pain may be originating with the emotional energy around the issue but the pain or other symptom is actually in the body. Sometimes resolving the underlying emotional issue just happens to create a more permanent cure for the physical symptom.

I don’t believe that we all always have to understand it all. Sometimes just getting in touch with the feeling is enough. Sometimes working on the physical symptoms help too.

I am reminded of this by my very angry Siamese. I got a new kitten. She’s really unhappy about this. She’s had vomiting and diarrhea for two days now. We’ve been to the emergency vet. We’ve been to her regular vet (who is a naturopathic vet). There is nothing to find. They can see gas in her stomach and at points throughout her intestinal tract. It is not consistent with a foreign object. My cat is just having trouble stomaching another cat. The vet gave her a homeopathic remedy (amongst other things). The remedy is for someone who wants to get close up is afraid to. I think that sums up my cat–who I adopted after her career as a breeding queen was over and she needed a new home. No doubt she gave up a lot of kits that she adored. She adored my kitten. I was surprised she just didn’t take to this little cat, but I suspect there is that fear of loss that she went through.

My cat’s symptoms are absolutely physical. They are also spiritual/emotional too. Hopefully by working with both we can make her feel better, both now and in the long run.

It’s easy to think that one has to concentrate on either the physical or the emotional. Some problems work best when both sides are addressed. Others are solved by going for just one side of the issue. Each person needs to decide which for themselves. If one works from the emotional side, however, this in no way suggests that the issue is purely emotional and not manifesting in the body. Sometimes we forget that.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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