In Western medicine, we often think in terms of individual symptoms of illness and look for their relief one at a time. If you have a headache, you seek an analgesic. If you experience acid reflux, you reach for an antacid. If you can’t sleep, you take a sleep aid. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that kind of nearsighted focus on a single specific health concern is considered an inferior sort of medicine.
There are many theories behind what causes chronic pain. The one that has made the most sense to me personally involves the concept of neuroplasticity-- the idea that the brain can change over time, and that in chronic pain sufferers, the brain actually becomes more sensitive to pain. In this post I will talk about what I have learned about neuroplasticity, as well as some of the other potential causes for chronic pain.
When life direction is blurried, get near ocean.
If I could I'd be back on St. John (Virgin Island) in Cruz Bay, reading my YA book.
In addition to the beloveds such as glorious omelettes with fresh herbs from the garden, or a rich savory omelette with meats, my favorite treat would be poached eggs. Delicate, simple, and delicious.
Poached with Malt Vinegar on a Sourdough English Muffin with Carmelized Onions.