Thousands of years ago, early Chinese medical practitioners explained somatic disharmony through the lens of the observable phenomena of the natural world. As East Asian Medical (EAM) practitioners today, our treatments are still guided by these wise observations, as we understand the human body to be quite intimately and intrinsically a part of the material and energetic world.
As practitioners in this tradition, when we assess a patient’s well-being, we may wonder:
- Is the fire in this man enough to keep his heart beating and his extremities warmed?
- Is there sufficient misting within this woman to nourish her skin and organs?
- Do the breezes blow through him smoothly enough to support circulation while avoiding the hefty gales that could cause tremor?
- Does she have the mountains within her that she needs to gain perspective?
- Are the micro-organisms sufficient in his soils to digest and compost his food?
- Do the tides ebb and flow in her so that she awakens with the sun and dreams sweetly with the moon?
Working within this medical tradition, in other words, we consider the inner physiologic workings of human beings much akin to how an ecologist might contemplate the complex interactions of an ecosystem. We choose the medicinals we provide to our patients with the direct intention of bringing about better functional balance just in the way that an ecologist might seek to curb pesticide runoff from endangering marine life, protect against erosion by bolstering rooted planted growth, or facilitate healthy species balance.
Ever mindful of this interdependence at Inner Ecology™, we do our best to make decisions that are kind to the earth and all its inhabitants. We always welcome your suggestions to help us uphold this commitment.