“All diseases are rooted in the spirit.”
--Chapter 8, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, Spiritual Pivot, 5th century BCE
This quote forms the foundation of Chinese medicine and how I think about disease and health. Our soul/ling has a curriculum in this life, and the living energy of the spirit/shen is charged with conveying that destiny/ming. In this way, illness can be seen as an opportunity to return to full wellness. The consciousness that contributes to disease is not the same consciousness that supports healing, says my teacher Jeffrey Yuen. Transformation requires a new sensibility, a new awareness, a new state of mind.
Our emotions, thoughts, beliefs and attitudes are essential components of this new state of mind. I support the evolution of your psyche by treating you as a whole person who is dynamically influenced over time by: a lifetime of experiences, your relationship to your self, individual anatomy and physiology, family lineage, society, history, place, environment and your sense of place in the world. This approach is relevant to our emotional state and to the fields of genetics, epigenetics, intergenerational trauma and inherited diseases.
I tore my right knee up years ago and went through 2 months of rehab. When that didn’t work they operated and followed it with another 6 months of rehab. So when I twisted my left knee a few years back, I was pretty sure I was in for a similar ride. Dr. Gregg said, “Let’s try some acupuncture.” I’m a bit of a wuss around needles but Dr. Gregg is so good with them that they really didn’t hurt. After a dozen sessions or so, over a 30-day period, my knee was back to normal. Surgery and eight months of constant pain versus a month of tiny needles? I’ll take the needles.