As 2018 comes to a close, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday period. As 2019 begins, it is never too early to begin making positive changes in all aspects of your life. These changes will impact not only you, but also your family and friends. No one will take better care of you than yourself. Make the investment in yourself, restore your health naturally.
People think of “Qi” as an invisible mystery energy. I believe this was a mis-translation, as the symbol for qi means rice vapor, which can be thought of as oxygen. This is the physical aspect of Qi and relates to our levels of oxygen or energy in the body. On a mental aspect, we also have Qi, which is our thoughts, interests and mental beliefs.
How can we control stress, by protecting our mental Qi? For example, if someone illegally detained us in jail, we would shout out loud at the injustice. However if someone or something does this with our mental Qi, by absorbing our thoughts and inducing stress, we just try to bear it silently. Over time, studies show this is very harmful for our health.
Think about those things that you have no control over, try to let them go so that they do not absorb your mental Qi – they do not clutter your mind. This way you can use your mental energies for those things that you can control and hopefully live a more peaceful life. Remember, life is full of stress. You cannot control the stress, but you can control your reaction to it.
Kelly McConville, L.Ac. will be giving a series of lectures through Poway Adult School. These classes, to be held in January, 2018 and March, 2018, will discuss the growing interest in complementary styles of Medicine, including Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you’ve ever wondered how easy it is to take care of yourself naturally and simply, or why there is such a growing demand for these types of complementary healthcare, then you should attend this class. Contact Poway Adult School for more information. www.powayadultschool.com
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Did you know that an estimated 36% of U.S. adults now use some form of complementary and alternative medicine? What can you do? Help spread the word if you can!
In my clinic, I normally see patients with conditions unresponsive to conventional treatment. If they get relief, I tell each of them “Tell your friends, your doctors and anyone else you know of about your experience.” Why do I do this? So that they can help others who may not know that acupuncture may help their condition that they may think otherwise untreatable. Acupuncture for them may be the missing link they need to heal. One of my teachers used to say – “Good health means you have choices”. When you have no choice, no backup plan, you are stuck. Give others a choice, help spread the message of acupuncture today! Thanks.