By Renee Pilgrim, R. Ac, R. TCMP
When I see patients who are struggling to get pregnant, especially those who have had ‘all the tests,’ I offer them the two most important things that Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer, perspective and change.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are old. They’re from the other side of the world, literally. In the medicine I practice it’s New Year time! In Canada we’ve already welcomed 2016 and the year is well on its way. Why then are our Facebook and Twitter feeds swinging with Happy New Year Monkeys?
When we are considering different Medicines, Eastern vs. Western for example, the question isn’t ‘Which is the right one?’ the question is ‘What is the nature of the medicine and how does it serve the nature of your concern or disease?’ That’s how Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalists and Acupuncturists view the situation – it’s how we diagnose and how we treat. It’s the perspective on the relationship and the situation. Is it hot or cold? Is it dry or damp? How do the summer months affect a dry person verses a damp person?
These questions and their possible answers may be of help to someone trying to conceive. Helping warm or moisten the body can help create the conditions for life to happen. We’ll start to see life manifest more clearly moving into spring.
This Lunar New Year, aka the ‘Spring Festival,’ celebrates coming out of the dark, and this particular year is Monkey time. Not just Monkey time but Fire Monkey time. There are Five Elements in Chinese Medicine; Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. There are 12 animal signs – the next Monkey will be in 12 years and it will be an Earth Monkey, 12 years after that is the Metal Monkey… You get the idea.
We just came out of the Wood Sheep, for many folks this was a hard and trying year- though for as many it was also one of the greatest years of growth. One doesn’t cancel out the other, one exists because of the other – it’s perspective.
The conditions set for this New Year are both the nature of Fire and the nature of Monkey. Both are unpredictable, warm, lively, busy and sometimes bananas. So are babies. Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!
Renee Pilgrim R.Ac, R.TCMP has witnessed first hand how Acupuncture & TCM can change someone’s relationship to life and how life flows better because of it. Phone consultations are complementary during her Darou Wellness hours, schedule permitting.