A View of Pain from the Energy Medicine Perspective

What a Beaver Dam Can Teach You About Pain…


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How Acupuncture Meridians Might be Used to Relieve Pain

This section was written in the fervent hope that people suffering from back pain might be released from two terrible captors:

  1. The imprisonment of their pain, of whatever type and severity, and
  2. Being imprisoned by the brainwashing from the pharmaceutical companies that constantly assails us with fantastic tales of how their drugs are the only hope for those that suffer when, in fact, the drugs bring side effects that are almost as dreadful as the suffering they are purported to alleviate.

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different.

Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.

There may have been an initial mishap — sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain — arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults.

Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

Those who suffer with acute pain are imprisoned by their inability to do the things they want to do. Things that the rest of us take for granted become difficult or impossible for people that suffer with chronic pain. Every day of suffering is a day of asking, “why me” and, “is there any hope that I’ll ever find relief?” And it isn’t just the person in pain that suffers.

Those that love and care for the person in pain have to sit and watch their loved-one suffer, all the while feeling helpless to do anything to help them and feeling totally inadequate because of it. One of the saddest facts regarding those that suffer in chronic pain is that the majority of sufferers are the elderly.

The BBC reported that of 3000 caregivers surveyed, nearly a third reported that their patient’s chronic pain was poorly managed. Two-thirds said their patients were less able to cope with everyday life because of the pain, and a fifth said their patients had talked of suicide. The report went on to say that only 6% of the caregivers said the treatment offered the people in their care was something other than pills and tablets, and just over half said their patient’s chronic pain was managed “adequately, but not very well”.

Pharmaceutical companies would have us all believe that the only effective method for dealing with pain is to use the painkillers, antidepressants and other drugs that they make billions of dollars selling. While such pain-management methods may bring relief in some cases, they are far from the only effective way of dealing with pain. And they carry some very unfortunate side effects which, according to information posted on WebMD.com include such things as

  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Urine retention and difficulty urinating
  • Slowed Breathing
  • In more severe cases can include allergic reactions such as swelling of the throat, a drop in blood pressure, seizures, tremors and hallucinations.

There’s good news, though, and it’s been right under our noses all along! The human body is believed to have innate capacities to heal that dwarf the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical product.

The common currency that keeps us alive and that we share with all other living things is energy. It’s thought to be the source of our vitality, the fuel of our emotions, and the most fundamental building block of all matter. We humans are believed to be made up of an intricate labyrinth of interdependent energy systems that can keep us healthy and happy when they are in a balanced and harmonious condition.

Energy Medicine is believed to be a field of study that uses the body’s energy systems to affect healing and overall improvement in the quality of life. |

The Body’s Energy Pathways

The human body is a system. Almost everyone knows that. It’s a system that is made up of other smaller systems – or subsystems. There’s the digestive system, the circulatory system, the endocrine system, and so forth. What many people are unaware of is that there is thought to be another system that is part of the human experience and it’s a system most of us can’t see. It’s the Human Energy System and, like the physical body, it is also believed to be a system of systems.

The Human Energy System is thought to be made up of energy systems that include the Meridians, the Chakras, the Aura, and six others. Energy Medicine is the science of interacting with these major energy systems and bringing them back in to a state of balance.

For our purposes on this site we’re going to limit our focus to the Meridians. The Meridians are thought to be energy pathways that flow throughout the body. According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine the Meridians relate to, or govern, the organ function for which they are named and they are also believed to govern particular muscles and anatomical groups of the physical body. The fourteen meridians that conduct subtle energy throughout the physical body are as follows:

  1. Bladder Meridian (BL)
  2. Circulation Sex Meridian (PC)
  3. Conception Vessel (CV)
  4. Gall Bladder Meridian (GB)
  5. Governing Vessel (GV)
  6. Heart Meridian (HT)
  7. Kidney Meridian (KI)
  8. Large Intestine Meridian (LI)
  9. Liver Meridian (LR)
  10. Lung Meridian (LU)
  11. Small Intestine Meridian (SI)
  12. Spleen Meridian (SP)
  13. Stomach Meridian (ST)
  14. Triple Warmer Meridian (TE)

The letters above in parentheses correspond to the labeling of the meridians in figures 1 – 3. If you’re unfamiliar with the meridians, diagrams showing their locations on the human body are shown in figures 1 through 3. For the front and rear views, the meridians are only shown on one side of the body. In fact, the meridians exist on both sides of the body and are mirror images of those shown in the figures. If you look closely at the figures, you’ll see dots that appear on all of the meridians. These dots are most commonly known as acupuncture points because acupuncture is the most widely known method of interacting with the energy carried through the body by the Meridians.

The acupuncturist’s needle is only one of the several ways to tonify or sedate this subtle energy. It is believed that these points can also respond to touching, rubbing, tapping, pinching or twisting – all things that we could do for ourselves. This process of using our fingertips to energize the acupuncture point combinations that sedate a meridian has become one of the standard methods that Eden Energy Medicine uses for balancing the energies that are thought to relate to pain relief.

Understand that when you hold the points as described in this material and the accompanying video clips, it is thought that you are having a similar effect to the acupuncturist’s needle. Only there’s no needle involved.

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Anterior_Meridians Figure 1. Front View

Lateral_Meridians Figure 2. Side View

Posterior_Meridians Figure 3. Rear View

| A Not-So-New Definition of “Sedating”

When we hear the word “sedate” we probably think of taking a drug – a sedative – to calm us down and perhaps knock the edge off of our pain. But there is another definition of “sedate” that is at least five thousand years old!

Let’s talk about the Meridians again for a moment. Energy flowing in the Meridians can be “tonified” (strengthened) or it can be “sedated”. But the definition of the word sedate, as we’re using it here, is to allow the meridian to release excess energy.

Sedating a meridian helps it to release any excess energy it may be holding on to.

So if you were able to figure out which meridians are associated with a part of your body that is in pain, it is believed that you could sedate the meridian and relieve the pain. Makes sense, right? But how do you figure out which meridians relate to which parts of the body? And even if you did know that, how are you supposed to how to sedate the meridian?

Here’s the best news of all — you don’t have to know any of this!!

The pages on this site show you exactly how to sedate the meridians that are thought to be associated with particular parts of your body.

Through a combination of color photographs in this site and accompanying video clips, you’ll be shown the exact procedures for sedating the meridians that are believed to be associated with areas that are in pain.

Sedating a meridian could be done by holding particular acupuncture points with your fingers. There are two pairs of points that are held in this manner and the location of the points and the method of holding them is demonstrated in thein the video clips in the members’ area of this site.