This article focusses on the main concepts from the point of view of Chinese medicine which is one of the diagnostic models in Shiatsu therapy. Shiatsu being a deep body of work, a synthesis of deep energetic methods combined with the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Using finger or palm pressure, heat, vacuum and lineaments on acupoints (Tsubo's) and channels with specific stretches, Shiatsu balances the circulation of energy (Qi) and blood in your body thus controlling the effects of deficiencies, empty blood and other factors. It is incredibly calming for the body and it's nervous system.
Infertility is the result of a number of factors over a prolonged period of time. A chronic condition for which we will discuss some basic concepts.
In Chinese medicine our base resources (essence) are thought to be passed on to us by our parents at conception and birth. This makes a lot of sense as bringing a foetus to birth takes considerable effort, strength and vitality from the mother which if not sufficient does affect the birth. In terms of the father the concern on the quality of the sperm in term of it's strength and genetics which of course will affect the foetus. So our proverbial birthright or initial health is dependant on the health and vitality of our parents.
This inherited vitality is rooted in our kidneys. This initial charge is supplemented by a second pool which is replenished on a regular basis from the energy (Qi) metabolised from the food we digest, the air we breathe. If this daily replenishment is insufficient or our physical exertions exceed our reserves they will over time run down.
So we have established that part of our energy is inherited and a part is from diet. Then there is the question of regular deep rest. Long term taxing emotions such as anxiety, fear, depression or ruminating. Demanding careers can and do add further sizeable draws on our stores. If our reserves are allowed to run down to such a low level we will see effects start to exhibit in our daily life. We are talking about running on adrenaline. As an example you may have heard about women athletes and very stressed women without periods despite of great nutrition. It isn't a coincidence that sperm quality is at al all time low either.
The energies stored in our kidneys are used in many bodily processes and can easily lead to many pathologies one being late or incomplete development, another infertility.
The sexual organs with insufficient resources can cease to produce good quality sperm / ovum or even hormonal messengers to start these processes. It isn't just kidneys that are involved, liver and spleen energetics have a part to play in providing quality blood and smooth abundant Qi to be able to produce viable healthy sperm, line the uterus and hold the implanted embryo. I have listed just a few organs that form key roles in these processes. This is however a very incomplete picture as other organs support and complement them.
The organ relationships and functions are affected by many factors. Adults are likely to have a combination of unsuitable nutrition, excessive work, stressful career, excessive sex activities, many births, emotional instability all over a prolonged period of time.
Shiatsu addresses these by first calming the nervous system, taking it out of the fight or flight mode. Then as the organ relationships get closer to balance. Lifestyle factors and diet come to the forefront for attention.
It is important to mention that long term chronic deficiencies require intensive corrective therapy to ultimately result in successful outcomes.
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