The character for 'Wei' the stomach varies somewhat in translation depending on the source, however generally speaking it depicts a container or receptacle carrying grains and nourishment. According to classical acupuncture texts the stomach receives the five grains of life and begins the process of rottening and ripening what is received.
The Stomach has the responsibility as the earth element to collect, process, transform nourishment that will ultimately manifest as a useable form of Qi that fuels the body and mind. In this process the 'pure' essences derived go on for further distilling and refinement, while the turbid unusable aspects will further undergo processing for excretion in the form of waste. This concept of 'receiving, processing, utilising and letting go' relates to more than just water and grains, from an emotional perspective strengthening the energetics of the stomach/earth element can give us a firm foundation and assist in staying un-wavered by the constant stream of outside stimulus we experience on a daily basis. It assists us to recognise the 'useable' beneficial aspects of interactions we experience in life and begin to let go of what holds no benefit to keep. If we are feeling overwhelmed, off balance or feel that we have lost connection to our true path, the acupuncture points on the stomach meridian can assist in reconnecting us to our source of inner stability, our inner earth element.
This explanation above is one of the reasons why as an acupuncturist I find it extremely important to release the stomach meridian of pressure pain and tightness in key diagnostic areas. An example of this is the acupuncture point Tian Shu or Heavenly pivot. This point relates to our relationship with the heavens, as in classical Chinese philosophy we live under the virtue of heaven, our lives carried out on earth are under the direct influence of the heavens thus our true path is guided by this. Hence when we are in accord with the extended heavenly virtue that is received by us on earth, we are in a state of balance and harmony, physically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thus the importance of having the acupuncture point Tian Shu which acts as our axis or point of pivot between heavens virtue and its expression through us here on earth to be completely free of pressure pain, discomfort and tightness.
I hope this gives some insight into classical acupuncture concepts and how they can relate to the modern day clinical setting.
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All the Best.
Giancarlo Nerini - Acupuncturist