The Changability of Life

I had a comment on my Power of Naming Disease Post which made me think. Diana said that in Chinese Medicine, they don’t name the disease as a disease but rather use terms associated with nature. In other words, I don’t get a cold in Chinese Medical theory, I get a Wind Heat External Pathogenic Influence or perhaps a Wind Cold External Pathogenic Influence. In nature, of course things are always changing.

The change allows us to consider that something is moving through. Many disease in Chinese Medicine have a wind component and everyone can observe that wind goes from strong to weak to strong or perhaps to nothing. Wind comes and goes. Even if wind doesn’t go away, consider the changes that wind brings to nature. Leaves are moved, debris is stirred up, something is uncovered and yet something else covered.

Even while the wind is there, change is always happening.

In the allopathic medicine, we are used to thinking of things as static. In Eastern medicine things change. Even cancer, which is often a stagnation of phlegm fire, seems like it can be changed. After all, all we have to do with that stagnation is get it moving. Fire is always put out by water. Phlegm may seem daunting but consider that what we understand about phlegm is usually what we are doing when we blow our nose or cough something up. Phlegm can be expelled. In nature everything is changeable.

As we reconnect to the natural world, we can begin to understand our own changeability. We stop being separate from nature but rather become one with it, changing all the time, even if we can’t see it.

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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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