Pain as a friend

My TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner told me today that I should think of pain as a friend.  My initial thought was “friends like this I don’t need.”  But I get his point, sort of.   Pain is a message from your body that something is amiss.  It is telling you to pay attention, learn, nourish, listen to the pain.  I said that I could manage thinking of it as a teacher.  I’m not sure I’ll ever get to friend status.

So today’s session was long, almost two hours.  We discussed old symptoms, prior to treatment, how they’ve changed and evolved, and discussed some newer symptoms I’ve had.  Not specifically diagnosing, he said that my symptoms presented similarly to chronic fatigue syndrome, and said this bears out my “deficiency in heart and lung blood.”  He reformulated my herbs, which I am about to go cook, and told me to relax a little about the diet issues.  I tend to be all black and white; if he says limit onion I try to eliminate it completely, and therefore get frustrated with cooking.  It seems that moving in the right direction is enough; if I was eating onion at almost every meal before, then cutting down to once a day is a huge step.  This seems reasonable.

I’d forgotten the purpose of the blog.  Madhyatmika; the Middle Way.  Balance.  Moderation.  Can’t say as I’ve ever been very good at it, but it’s time to learn.

Tonight we had sesame peanut noodles, which I had batch cooked last night; they were pretty yummy.  Along with that I made a huge salad with romaine, spinach, craisins, chia seeds, avocado, cucumber, and I made a dressing with Yoshida sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and peanut butter.  Proportions were a little off, and I should have used a blender for better emulsification, but it was pretty decent.  I had homemade hummus for lunch, and a little peanut butter on rice cakes for breakfast. Now it’s off to cook the herbs!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asbestos
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 06:11:14

    I like the idea of using pain as a teacher. Hopefully one you can someday outgrow! But it’s true that pain indicates something is “off” so it can be a guide. I find myself getting smarter about listening to my body as I get older. I also like the “moderation” thing. Perhaps that is the real lesson for you in this stage of your life. And one well worth learning. I’m so glad you’ve found someone who can be helpful to you as well.


  2. Vic (the Life)
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 11:51:28

    Moderation is tough. I do enjoy your blog though! 🙂


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