Second installment on THE ENERGY POWERPLANT…
By Margaret Williams
We all know that depression is an energy waster. Chinese medicine does not single out the brain as separate from the rest of the body.
Dr. Ben Wang, L.AC, PhD; O.M.D (Oriental Medicine Doctor), believes that from chi (energy) deficiency, acupuncture will help eliminate depression, thereby increasing and using energy more efficiently. Depression is an imbalance of energy in all the major life-flow meridians – liver, heart, lungs, kidneys, etc. tiny needles, inserted in carefully selected acupuncture points, produce the feeling of energy (chi) running like electricity along the meridians.
More from acupuncturist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs who, along with a team of 15 medicial experts, in a recent issue of “Oprah” have made these suggestions:
Get a blood test for both low thyroid function and anemia—two of the most common, and treatable causes of fatigue.
Think about any concerns that are depleting your emotional reserves. Stewing over a grudge? Anxious about employment? Consider letting go for a period of time.
If you’re spread so thin you’re just about threadbare, gaze inward: Are you using frenetic activity to avoid feeling pain? Or to mask some kind of insecurity? And are you willing to address those problems so you can restock your vitality?
“Write down what your purpose in life is. You have to be going somewhere to have the energy you need to get there.” Says cardiologist Mehmet Oz, MD.
“Exercise gets your heart pumping more blood to the muscles, it’s one of the best antidotes to fatigue” says internist Marianne Legato, MD
“Arousal,” says sexuality expert Pepper Shwartz, PhD, “is like the energy you feel when you start a race. Your senses are alive, your focus is more intense, you’re more aware of your body.”
“Enthusiasm, radiance, joy – these energetic states come from happy emotions” says stress expert Alice Domar, PhD.
Remember, it takes less muscles to SMILE than it does to frown.