What is the fundamental principle behind acupuncture?
The vocabulary that the Chinese used to describe acupuncture is in terms of adjusting the energy field of the body. So every person is filled of chi or energy.
The whole universe is filled of chi and energy. When your chi and your energy is harmonious and balanced and flowing smoothly, then you experience a good mind, good body, good health. When things get blocked or deficient or somehow abnormal, then that’s when you start to manifest illness. A symptom — a cold, a flu, an ache or pain, anxiety, depression, whatever it might be.
Every time we put a acupuncture needle in someone’s skin, we’re giving them a tiny injury, enough of a signal to tell the body that it needs to respond. Move the chi; stabilize the chi. Manipulate, in a positive way, the energy field of a person. So we take the pulse on both sides. Am I alive? Barely. You are. Actually, it feels like you’re a little bit tired. Your lung pulse is a little bit active. Feels like you might be having a sore throat or maybe a little bit like on the edge of a respiratory, like a stuffy nose or sore throat, so be careful about that.
Okay. And then your heart pulse is a little bit unrested, so it may be some jet lag — I’m not sure if you’ve just come in. Yes. Or not good sleep, a little bit stressed, but the heart pulse, the emotion pulse comes up a little bit. All of the above. Can I see your tongue? Thank you. Ready spaghetti? I’m ready. Great. So I may say we’re going to work from your feet up your body. So the first point is a liver point. It helps with stress. Helps with smooth flow of energy. It’s also nourishing. Next point is a kidney point, and it’s good for the adrenals. It’s great for wintertime.
The next point is a spleen point, really important for metabolism and pelvic floor issues. And so these are energizing points here. They kind of help with emotional and physical energy. This point also can be a little tender, it’s large intestine. You okay? Yep. I’m going to add one for respiratory and lungs right here because it did feel on your pulse like you’re a little bit under the weather.
Paul created the goop Bath Soaks, so he was the master herbologist that we used to create all of the aromatherapy oils and all the deeply, deeply healing combination of herbs. Herbs and oils. We used botanicals and then essential oils. How do you use essential oils? What are the benefits of them? Okay, a main thing to think about essential oils is it takes a few thousand pounds of raw herbal plant material to make a pound of oil. So it’s like a really concentrated way of getting the most active part of the botanical benefits of the plant and putting it into the form that’s available to use in a patient. If I was feeling like I was coming down with a cold, what would I put in my bath? And those are the ingredients.
Talk to me about “The Martini”: What oils are in that bath that make it an emotional detox?
Frankincense, sandalwood from Australia, myrrh — which are considered holy anointing oils, fantastic for psychological calming but also expansiveness — and then vetiver and nagarmotha. And nagarmotha is actually a Chinese herb, and it’s not a very common oil. I was able to find it a few years ago, and it’s one of the fantastic oils for stress. Okay, so the first oil I’m going to use is high-altitude lavender. It smells amazing. So lavender is soothing for someone who’s been on the run, jet lag, flying, working hard. Next one we’re using is tea tree oil from Australia, organic biodynamic. So this goes into the body through the skin? Yeah. So when you put the oils on, the skin absorbs some of the oils, and some of them stay on the surface. Once all the oils are on, I put the hot towel. The heat opens up your pores and the water pushes the oils into the skin further.
So this is myrrh, and myrrh has antifungal properties. That one smells so good to me. Next one is turmeric. It promotes circulation. This is eucalyptus. Patchouli oil. Then your last oil today is going to be frankincense. Frankincense supports immune function — anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties. Deep, deep breaths. And I’m gonna work it back just a little bit to help the oils get in. Let me know if it’s too hot. I’m gonna put a heat lamp on your back and we’ll be back in a few, okay? Thank you. .