Thursday, December 11, 2008

Body Electric: function and dysfunction

Dupuytren's, Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Electrolytes:

In Chinese medicine we see the body on some level as fluid and electricity.

Our bodies are made up up mostly fluid. Electrolytes are the conductors of the electricity that comes from the Sinoatrial Node (referred to as the pacemaker of the heart)

To create an illustration in your mind...think of a car battery...if the fluid is low, the battery heats up and burns out. The fluid and the minerals that make up the electrolytes are what conduct the electricity or the energy. When fluid is low, energy is low. Caffeine drinks are like battery acid, they burn up fast and leave you with less energy than before, because they burn up fluid along the way.

Our bodies need to be supplemented with fluid and electrolytes when we have been burning them or perspiring. Often when it is hot outside and you are in the sun, you do not tend to even feel yourself perspiring, but you actually are, it is just being evaporated off your skin just as fast. If you are in hot weather or working out, you are losing fluids and with them some electrolytes.

In Chinese Medicine, yin is a condensed fluid and it is believed to lubricate the joints and tendons. It is a thicker substance like the oil in a car engine that makes everything run smoothly.

Generally stiff or unflexible tendons are referred to as dry (meaning without yin or oil as lubrication) without the flexibility needed, tendons can pull on the sheath encasing the bones, and that pulling action tells the bone that it needs to create more bone...this can lead to spurs and unorganized bone structure causing things like plantar fasciatis where the bony spurs are irritating the fascia around the plantar bone of the heel and creating inflammation (thus the "itis" part of the work meaning inflammation)

Dupuytrens Contracture can also be considered dry tendons. Generally people with dry tendons in one area, begin to experience the same issue in other tendons as well.

So, what to do about it? Where do I get yin? How to start?

Check out these yin producing foods along with getting some high quality food-based minerals when needed (most over the counter minerals are not the best quality). Food source minerals (eating foods high in minerals like a variety of seeds and nuts or working with a phytonutrient smoothie diet for optimal health), of course, are the best and easiest for us to absorb. Note: Most spring water has minerals, but the molecules are generally too big for our bodies to use them and they can end up being deposited all over the body and clog things up, creating a bigger problem.

Get enough good water to go along with your good minerals for good electrical conductivity. Fluid converts to "yin". Without fluid, yin becomes depleted, so keep your fluid up and work with some yin producing foods to bump up your yin, limit your caffeine...then watch what happens to your tendons and also pay attention to your skin, you might notice it is more moist and supple as well.

Hint: A cup or 2 of hot water in the morning, flushes the overnight sludge that collects in the kidneys and the action of heating the water also makes the water molecules "thinner" so your body can absorb it more easily and rehydrate you. You want to get those small bubbles to form just before a big rolling boil, that is the key. And drink it when is it on the hotter side of warm before it converts back to the normal sized molecule (or gets "thicker" again).

That should get your body lubricated for healthier tendons and help reduce the inflammation
Patricia J Ahner, LAc

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