At some point in your life you have probably heard the saying “Everything in Moderation”.
It’s a hard concept to grasp in our culture of “Work Hard and Play Hard” (which is heavy on the active side and light on the rest side), AND as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner it is a lifestyle recommendation that applies to most people.
Chinese Medicine is in the business of balance, which is represented by the Yin Yang symbol found in many acupuncture offices. Yin Yang represents extremes coming together to create one. There is no whole without both sides and each side has a part of the other in it. Examples of this can be found everywhere you look. I can list them out, and bore you to tears, but one of the most obvious is in our 24-hour day where we have light of the day and dark of the night. In between those two extremes you have the sunrise and sunset where the day and night come together for a bit of time.
So how does this concept apply to you?
When the mind and body is in balance, health is optimal. Know that it is a constant struggle to keep that balance. When that balance is thrown off where you are experiencing symptoms, it is best to be proactive and work on your health so that a pathology doesn’t become a more lasting presence in your life.
Practitioners in Chinese Medicine are trained to identify imbalances and have the tools to correct them. As many things in life, smaller imbalances are easier correct than larger ones.
Can I ask this of you?
As you go through your days, take a moment to check in and see if you body is where you want it to be. Are both sides of that Yin Yang symbol equal are is there one side larger than the other?