Root and Branch

I just stared reading Mona Lisa’s Shultz’s new book The Intuitive Advisor: A Psychic Doctor Teaches You How to Solve Your Most Pressing Health Problems. In her preface she talks about the fact that there is no single reason for any illness. It’s not just the environment or just a spiritual thing or just this or just that. There are many things involved.

The eloquence with which she spoke about this reminded me of the root and branch of acupuncture theory. We learn in school that symptoms always point to roots and branches of an illness. Insomnia, for instance, is often a branch of something deeper. Insomnia and other issues may point us towards the root. If our patient comes for insomnia, we will often do points to help them sleep but we will also do points to make sleeping easier for them in general. We must always treat the root of the problem to be good practitioners.

It happens that we can think the root of the problem is one thing but as we treat that one thing and the symptoms resolve, we begin to see another pattern, leading us somewhere else. Our first diagnosis was not the root. However, by treating that area we were able to trace another path that may bring us to the true root of the disease.

In our own lives, we often wonder why me? Why did this happen to me? Why am I sick? Why do I get colds? As we ask these questions, it is helpful to be aware of the fact that our answers might not be complete or completely correct. As we look at another person who is sick, we must always keep in mind when we are tempted to judge them in their illness that we are probably not correct in our judgements. There are many reasons for illness. The root is often buried deep.

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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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