It is said in the Chapter 9 of miraculous pivot, "In Spring the Pathogenic Factors are most likely to attack the superficial layer; in summer they are most likely to attack the skin; in autumn, they are most likely to attack the muscles, and in winter, they are most likely o attack the tendons and bones."
As a general rule of thumb, shallow acupuncture is applied in Spring and Summer, because the body is more Yang (expansive) and so the acupuncture points are closer to the surface of the body.
Maybe you see a theme here everything in Chinese medicine - that everything is connected. Not only are we connected to nature, but the systems within us are also connected. Nothing exists without relationship to the other.
The theory of the meridians underlies one of the most significant discoveries of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They form the physiological interconnections that render the body an integrated whole rather than a series of independent units.
The entire meridian network serves as a pathogen barrier, preventing deeper penetration of external factors to enter into the body. When were able to contain pathogens at the skin level, then we can prevent disease and pathogens from entering deeper, and definitely want to avoid them from entering to the level of the organs.
This is why in Chinese culture, many people are always covering their nose and mouth even before COVID 19. Now most people are wearing masks which has been globally Popularized and excepted, but before this, this routine has already been integrated into my childhood practice! I never left the house without a scarf bundled around my nose and mouth, and this is because in Chinese culture we believe the entering of pathogens is immediately through the skin and through the mouth and nose.
Through the opening of channels through Acupuncture, it allows the body to quickly eliminate pathogens caused and collected within some level of the body. Depending on the level or status of the condition, specific channels will be used to target the elimination of the illness. From the most superficial to the deepest layers, there are about nine different pathways channels regions and collaterals that a practitioner needs to consider.
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My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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