So, you’d like to feel more profoundly well and vibrant, but you’re wondering how I can actually help? As a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a long time meditation practitioner, let me share with you the approach and philosophy I take when I work with clients.
‘Seed Stalk Flower’ Philosophy for Health
We are all influenced by our environments, our culture, and families. We are affected by varying food, air and water quality, pollutants and psychological/emotional pressures. Our body, mind and emotions are undoubtedly impacted by the world around us. There will always be strain on our systems. It is up to us to decide how we meet these strains, work with these stresses, and navigate toxicities in the environment. I like to think of profound health in this way:
- The ‘Seed’ is our intention, the aspiring thought that turns the mind toward the question ‘what can I do to be more healthy?’
- The ‘Stalk’ is the structures and foundations that help us achieve our goals for health – the setting up of helpful routines of sleep, diet and exercise, therapeutic tools like acupuncture and herbal medicine, and the strengthening of our minds through meditation.
- The ‘Flower’ is the result, our human potential. The flower shares, pollinates, creates seeds, and gives generously of itself to further life. Thus when we truly flower we are aware of our own mortality, we are aware of our environment, and we are aware that life continues on after our own demise, so we give generously to those around us and those who follow.
The Three Part Health Toolkit
I use three main tools to help people with their concerns, such as anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, pain and much more:
1. Acupuncture prompts the body to maximise its own healing. Very fine, sterile, single use needles are inserted into specific points on the body, rebalancing and optimising the body’s channels, organs and functional networks. If you’ve never tried acupuncture and are a bit nervous about the prospects of becoming a ‘pin cushion’; rest assured that it is safe, not painful and it leaves you feeling great.
2. Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in China and Asia. This herbal pharmacy of the East is relied upon by millions as a main form of medicine, treating all kinds of illnesses. I use herbal powders that are stringently tested for quality & purity. My herbal teacher would laugh and say that Western Medicine and pharmaceutical drugs have been around for about 100 years. By comparison, Chinese Medicine Doctors have had about 3000-5000 years to get it right.
3. Buddhist-based meditation and mindfulness practice generates calm and well-being on all levels of the body-mind spectrum. I have trained for more than 11 years in a modern Buddhist lineage. The most powerful healing experiences of my life have come through the practice of meditation. Why is well-guided awareness training so effective? Well, by training our minds to see things as they are, we can see our unconscious habits, as they are.
Once we know that we’re holding our bodies in certain ways, protecting from certain feelings or sensations, or relying on certain addictive foods or activities which harm our health, the body and mind naturally begins to let go and find balance again. Fundamentally, 70-80% of our illnesses have roots in our mental and emotional patterns. Our day-to-day stress levels are a huge factor that determine whether we have resilient and vibrant health. Awareness practice combined with acupuncture and herbal medicine helps us to let go of stress, protection, fear and anger. As a result, we are much healthier.
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