Like many Westerners, I suppose, I have never had much contact with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM) and only thought of it vaguely as a folk art that worked more or less by accident. I’ve since come into a much closer relationship with Oriental Medicine and have found that it makes sense to me in terms of my own profession, computer modeling.
In Traditional Oriental Medicine the Lungs govern Qi and respiration. They’re responsible for inhaling Qi from the atmosphere, combining it with the Qi received from food and spreading the resultant useable Qi throughout the entire body. The Lungs are called the tender organ because they are the most external organs and they connect the body to the outside world. The Lungs are easily attacked by external pathogenic factors, in this case smoky, ashy, hot air. When the air we’re taking in is poor quality, we tire easily. Of course, when we’re breathing fine air and eating garbage we get tired easily, but that’s another discussion.
In keeping with the Daoist ideals that the father’s health (mental, emotional and physical) is as important as the mother’s at the moment of conception, I work with couples who are planning to become pregnant to ensure that both partners are in the best mental, emotional and physical condition they can.
Over the course of the next few weeks (and I suppose months and years) I will be adding random thoughts, information and articles that relate to acupuncture, healthcare and life in general. I don’t promise to be a prolific “blogger” but I do promise to share some of the things I have found interesting, alarming Read More »