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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its view on treatment for various Psychological disorders.


One thing I am discovering in TCM school is that it has special acupuncture points that may assist psychological problems. Having taken psychology courses in college, the mind has always been a fascination for me. Especially in helping others deal with depression, anxiety, and other emotional imbalances. A big part is trying to recognize them in myself as well and counter balance them. Having training in mindfulness meditation, I have always felt that when the Qi (life force) is balanced, having a healthy meditation practice will help psychological imbalances. Last week we discussed the 15 or so Luo “Collateral pathways”.

In the class it was discussed that not only do these points treat disorders of interior-exterior relation to the channel of the Zang-fu organs (solid and hollow organs in the body), but they also are effective in treating psycho-emotional disorders. In TCM there is no separation of mind and body, so the view is that a disharmony in a internal organ in Lung, large intestine, Stomach, spleen affect the psyche, while heart , Small intestines, Urinary and Kidney affect social skills, and Pericardium, Triple burner, Gall bladder, and Liver affect your sense of self-preservation (ego I suppose).

So here is a list of a few common imbalances that affect the body and mind and then I will discuss the collateral points afterward.

Plum Pit qi: blocked constriction in the throat due to Qi stagnation, emotional problems and/or anxiety.

Restless zhang disorder: TCM term for emotional disorders resulting in long term over thinking, worry that in time damages the spleen, heart, and Liver. It can arise with unpredictable behavior and emotional problems.

Bi syndromes: pathogens wind/cold/damp get into tendons, bones, causing numbness and soreness.

Lin disorders: urinary dribbling, pain, kidney stones.

Running Piglet disorder: TCM for “Panic attack” stagnant liver qi condition, the qi will rise abruptly and interfere with the heart causing heart palpitations, anxiety, fear, and dizziness.

Shan Disorder- TCM term for hernia disorders, external genetalia, swelling pain, abdominal pain, present with stagnation issues like weak constitution and difficulty urinating.

Steaming Bone disorder- TCM term for deep internal heat arising from yin deficiency. Heat that comes from the bones.

Wasting and thirsting disorder- TCM term for Diabetes, frequent urination, excessive thirst and hunger. Omaciation (abnormally thin and weak.)
Luo collateral points: Discussion more of the psychological rather than physical for sake of the blog topic.

Lung 7 point: is an important point in treating headache and neck pain.
Psychologically: it relates to sense perception.
Excess: Hypersensitive people to environment and emotions.
Deficient: Persons who are constantly bored.

Large intestine 6: treats edema and regulation of the water passages.
Psychologically: relates to the process of stimulation.
Excess: Heightened need for repetitive due to over stimulation (ex. grinding teeth).
Deficient: inability to digest and assimilate.

Stomach 40- essential in assisting the transformation of phlegm when spleen is impaired.
Psychologically: having emotional responses to stimuli (likes/dislikes).
Excess: mental disorders like manic depression, bipolar, persons emotions overtake them.
Deficient: having lack of destination or goals.
rebellious: sudden hoarseness or aphasia.

Spleen 4- harmonizes the functions of stomach and intestines.
Psychologically: relates to memory and images.
Excess: represents habituation (doing the same thing everyday).
Deficient: habituation with addiction (feels like lost control over daily routine interruptions).
Rebellious: dehydration.

Heart 5: stiffness of tongue and speech.
Psychologically: going out to the world to meet people.
Excess: chest pain from the experience of betrayal.
Deficient: aphasia because the betrayal is so bad no words can express thought.

Small intestines 7- regulates and calms the mind.
Psychologically: experience of getting feedback, social relationship to self identity.
Excess: emotional stiffening from not taking criticism well.
Deficient: inability to assimilate social skills.

Urinary bladder 58- treat kidney and cold in lower body.
Psychologically: ‘alarm’ system and triggers “panic”.
Excess: blurred vision because doesnt want to see.
Deficient: having a lock of boundaries in social opinions, being obsessed with others think.

Kidney 4- treats palpitations, restless, and agitation.
Excess; combination of both panic in social situations and obsession.
Deficient: state of paranoia.
rebellious: restlessness, anxiety, fear, and depression.

Pericardium 6- nausea and vomitting.
Excess: inability to control emotions, hysteria.
Deficient: reslessness, irritability, losing the way to interact with people.

Triple burner 5- pain in elbow, influence Qi in head.
Excess: representing severe rigidity emotionally and psychologically.
Deficient: state of severe indifference to what happens to self.

Gall Bladder 37- eye and liver disharmony.
Excess: cannot see options.
Deficient: feeling of severe loneliness with now place to go. (hopeless, homeless).

Liver 5- treats disorders of the genitals.
Excess: someone who is disconnected from reality, talking to themselves, living in fantasy.
Deficient: someone who is schizophrenic.

Spleen 21- Great Lou collateral for both physical and emotional pain and lack of will to live.
Excess: whole body pain.
Deficient: whole body weakness and atrophy.

In conclusion, though acupuncture is more well known to treat pain, there is also a psychological approach to healing the patient. what i will want to do more is research what kinds of studies have been done on treating psychological disorders with acupuncture. It is a future study I personally would like to do in the future on this as well on PTSD soldiers, veterans, athletes with concussion history, etc.

Psychology Acupoint Stimulation Research Review.pdf

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Duan testing preparation, review, and planning Dec. 2014

Reviewing forms on camera after walk through for next years test

External Northern or Southern form: 32 San Duan Long Boxing

Empty hand Internal form: Yang Taijiquan 40 competition routine

Other from category: Baguazhang (8 diagram palm fighting)

Short weapon: Yang Taiji Sword

Long weapon: Yang Taiji Spear

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Double whammy on the “soft school” that does a “soft art” like Taijiquan

“Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard”

So they had a Muay thai fight event at a local college last weekend and one of my coaches/friend’s former student got his ass kicked in the event. The kid’s parents were talking to his former coach (my coach/friend) after the fight and asked what he could of done better. In the nicest way possible he told them…”He is training at a soft school“.

Just so you know, when he says “Soft school” he is not talking about anything internal martial art. He is talking about schools that dick around and do not train hard at all. The kid is talented, but does not want to do the hard work and would question a coaches work ethics.

For instance a Hard school, fighters training 6 days a week for no less than 3 hours, doing all the running, sprints, strength training, sparring, regular classes, ect. the type of school you don’t question what the teacher asks of you, you do what they say without bitching, and you go in it 100%.

It is a good reason why there are Hard schools that breed champions, and soft schools that breed so-so fighters.

I know there are not a lot of fighters here, and there is rarely a “hard school” of Chinese Martial Arts (CMA) I can think of as of recently. Sanda and San shou is just about dead in this country. Most CMA schools these days seem soft to me especially the actual styles that ask for softness in their fighting tactics. The “internal art” schools like “taijiquan” aka my own art of study: Tai Chi. Double whammy on the internal arts schools that don’t train hard. Kinda why I left the parks and Internal CMA schools and headed to a MMA school for a while.

There is a kind-of hierarchy or relativity to hard and soft (not talking about IMA “soft” but schools that do not train as hard as considered “soft”) schools.

Here is what I mean:

‘American top team’ (a top world class MMA school with several UFC Top Pros) or a world class boxing or muay thai gym that regularly makes champions is considered a much harder school than say ‘Northern Virginia MMA school’ (a more local level MMA school that does not have a top ranked pro UFC fighter, but has built local MT, MMA, BJJ national champions).
‘Northern Virginia MMA’ is a much harder school than the local Boxing Club, or Karate school at least creating one or two semi-pro fighters.
The local boxing club or karate school with semi-pro fighters is much harder than the local Kung fu and tai chi school that has sparring/amateur fighters and no semi-pro fighters.
The local kung fu and tai chi school with amateur fighters is much harder than the Tai chi only school that participates in only push hands competitions.
The tai chi school that participates in PH competitions is much harder than the Tai chi group that plays handsies in the park.

So you see different levels:
Top tier: schools that train World class professional fighters. (MMA, Muay thai, Boxing, BJJ, Olympic Judo, Olympic TKD, Olympic wrestlers, etc.)
Second to top: Professional schools that develop semi-pro fighters.
Third to top: Professional schools that develop amateur fighters.
Bottom of the food chain: hobbyists, enthusiasts, and swindlers.

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