Trigeminal neuralgia can be a horribly debilitating illness, where even the act of eating or wind brushing on the cheek can cause excruciating pain. A recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine, found that acupuncture was as effective, if not slightly more so, than the use of Tegretol (Carbamazepine). This 80 participant study showed that acupuncture was a promising alternative to pharmaceutics. 70% of the acupuncture only group reported a cure according to the researchers. More rigorous research needs to be undertaken in this area, but this is a promising start
One of the most revered books about Chinese medicine is the Huang Di Nei Jing Suwen (AKA Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon or the Su Wen). This series of collected works was composed sometime between 2200 and 2400 years ago, the Su wen lays out the principles of Chinese medicine. Within its pages it also provides advice of how to live with the four seasons.
The three months of spring,
they denote effusion and spreading.
Heaven and earth together generate life;
the myriad beings flourish.
Go to rest late at night and rise early.
Move through the courtyard with long strides.
Dishevel the hair and relax the physical appearance,
thereby cause the mind [to orient itself on] life.
Give life and do not kill.
Give and do not take.
Reward and do not punish.
This is correspondence with the qi of spring and
it is the Way to nourish life.
Opposing it harms the liver.
In summer, this causes changes to cold, and
there is little to support growth.
(Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen Ch. 2)
The above quote from the Su Wen provides advice of how to live in accordance with Spring. It advises us that unlike in winter we can go to bed a bit later and rise earlier and begin going outside and move around. We should consider starting some gentle exercise such as walking, bending and stretching. Yoga is a great example of an activity that would be appropriate. In winter we rug up to protect us from the bitter cold but as the season changes to spring the weather begins to warm and we can begin wearing looser clothing. In addition to the suggested physical activity, we should also be mindful of our emotions and avoid anger and conflict, we should let things go and avoid holding onto bitterness and resentment.
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