As a Chinese Medicine practitioner I often find myself speaking of flow. We try to find words to explain as best as possible what we know to be true in our experience, and for me the way to healing ultimately is to be in flow. What exactly does that mean?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the energy that is behind the body’s life force function is called ‘qi’. Unlike modern medicine, TCM perceives the body’s organs as having different roles in regards to the body’s qi (among many other aspects). Chinese medical theory considers the liver to be the organ in charge of the qi flowing correctly in the body. When someone undergoes stress or extreme emotions, it causes the energy or ‘qi’ to contract. This has a secondary effect of stopping the natural flow of qi - which the liver is in charge of. The qi then either becomes stuck or begins to move in the opposite direction, which affects the body’s normal function. The symptoms that can arise from this are pain, irritability, insomnia, abnormal menses, headaches, and abdominal discomfort among many more.