Emotions: Joy/overindulgence and Sadness
Related organs: Heart (yin)/Small intestine (yang)
, Pericardium (yin)/Triple Burner (yang)
Body tissue: Blood vessel
Climatic Qi: Hot
Sense organ: Tongue
Our truth is spoken
from the heart through the tongue. Issues that deal with aphasia
(inability to speak) can be healed by treating the heart.
When I was a student, I worked at an upscale marina on Shelter
Island in beautiful San Diego. The president of this marina found
out that I was a student of Chinese medicine. He was quite pleased
to know of my endeavors and shared with me a very special story:
In the 80s, he lost his ability to speak. He absolutely had no
voice. The western medical doctors wanted to help him by doing surgery.
They emphasized that this very delicate operation was his only option.
My boss chose a very different path to regain his ability to speak.
He looked into the
option of acupuncture.
He and his wife went to a Chinese medical doctor’s “office."
He didn’t have much faith in the doctor initially because
of the desolate building the doctor worked in, so I could safely
assume that the practitioner’s office looked very different
than what a typical acupuncture clinic looks like now. He was committed
to not getting surgery, so he put his faith into Chinese medicine,
despite what the doctor’s office looked like.
My boss showed me the areas where he had been needled. Over 10
years had passed and this man still remembered very clearly where
the needles were placed. The meridians that the doctor had chosen
made much sense to me-he had chosen fields of energy along the heart
meridian. My boss received this ONE AND ONLY treatment in his entire
life. Due to this treatment, his voice immediately returned. He
has been able to speak very well since then and adamantly testifies
that it is because of the acupuncture treatment that his ability
to speak had returned permanently.
Had he never shared with me the story, I would never have known
that he had lost his voice. It is truly amazing that he regained
his voice through Chinese medicine whereas his only choice was to
receive surgery from the western medical model.
This story moved me
pursue my dreams as a healer of Chinese medicine.