Women's Health

Chinese Medicine and Women's Health Concerns

The gynecological issues that define the unique conditions that women face are actually diagnostic gold in Chinese medicine; they lend important clues to the root of imbalances leading to not only reproductive and menstrual disorders, but all ailments that a woman may be suffering from. The three main Yin Organs of Chinese Medicine that are most commonly implicated in women's health problems are a common diagnostic trilogy: Liver, Spleen, Kidney. When these energetic organ systems are brought in to balance, women's health is restored, menstrual cycles are normalized, infertility is resolved, and menopausal symptoms averted. 

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Embracing the Divine Feminine

Women are the Yin to the male Yang; women tend to possess Yin qualities of receptivity, sensitivity, and depth. We thrive when our lives are harmonious and when we possess our own quiet space where we can reflect. While Yin is a feminine quality, the truth is that both men and women possess Yin qualities.

Unfortunately, most people do not have the time or the support necessary for self-nurturing. When stressed and forced to sacrifice our passive peacefulness, negative Yin qualities begin to develop. Suffering can result when negative attributes of Yin develop and can result in secretiveness, blaming, and brooding; one can become distant and passive-aggressive when the divine feminine is neglected.

Yin qualities have been trivialized in the recent past of western culture, while Yang qualities have been highly valued. We have been pushed to work harder and longer; we are encouraged to be strong and aggressive. Yang qualities are difficult to sustain over an entire lifetime.

On the other hand, developing Yin qualities allows us to be open and receptive. By creating an open space, we allow for the infinite possibilities of the divine. When we stop planning and strategizing our life, and by letting go of the illusion that we control our destiny, we actually become more powerful.

“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” Unknown Source

In reality, the divine has an expanse of possibilities and solutions that we can apply to our lives beyond our own imaginings. Luckily, many are beginning to embrace their Yin within and are slowing down to reflect and meditate. Even modern western medical professionals are linking the quality of our health to the practice of meditation and our emotional wellness.

For some, it is not until a life crisis occurs that we allow ourselves the time to slow down and listen to our inner wisdom. Many find themselves seeking answers after the loss of a loved one, financial collapse, or the development of a disease. In the case of disease, one has the power to practice preventative measures before a disease is actually diagnosed.

“Treating a disease that has already developed, or trying to bring order to disruptions that have already begun, is like digging a well after you’ve become thirsty, or making weapons after the battle is over. Wouldn’t it already be too late?”  The Neijing

You can learn to recognize the patterns of imbalance that form in to diseases and work to correct them. You can also adopt good living practices as such:

These comparisons and clarifications help to define the value of traditional Chinese medicine in our modern culture. The message has remained consistent for over 2,000 years; our health depends on emotional health and positive lifestyle practices according to Chinese medicine.

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References:
Veith, I. (1949) The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine: Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
Hongtu, W. (1999) Clinical Applications: The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine: Beijing, China: New World Press

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