So, according to the Chinese Medicine there may be a reason why we can’t touch our toes or what they describe as an inability to bend due to qi stagnation. They describe it as blood conglomoration in the abdominal cavity due to poor movement or qi accummulation. It also explains why we experience lower back pain, upper back spine pain and tension in the lower abdominal cavity.
I don’t know about you but I have never been able to touch my toes – maybe when I was a kid! My sister is a total gym fanatic and said that if I stretch everyday, that eventually I will become limber enough to be able to touch my toes. Well, it has been a year and I am still at least a hand away from touching my toes!
Essentially, it is a blockage in our lower abdominal area or poor qi/flow in the area. According to the Chinese Medicine, we therefore need to simply improve blood flow in the abdominal area and the natural qi/flow will alleviate and thereby alleviate the blood stagnation in the area. Makes sense really…..
We can stimulate this natural flow through a series of methods:
- Exercise and movement in the area – I love the Yoga poses for this as they stimulate the abdominal cavity perfectly. Lie on your back, bend your knees and then gently lift your bum off the ground only mildly and slowly. It is kinda like thrusting (sorry, best way I could describe it!) It stimulates the lower back too. Reaching up and aiming for the sky and then bending over – in an attempt to touch your toes 🙂 is another great way to get the blood flowing.
- Use Chinese herbs to natural blood flow in the abdominal cavity. I love my new discovery of Bupleurum and Peony Formula. It works by stimulating the liver qi (one associated with lower abdominal pain).
- Heal the liver emotionally. Essentially, the abdominal blockage is linked to the meridian line of the liver. According to the Chinese, the liver is directly attributed to anger and strong emotions. We can heal these emotions in our bodies and release them, thereby allowing the liver to heal.
- Heal the liver physically. This involves looking after our liver with the right diet and adding some supplements to help it heal. I love Dandelion Root tea and supplements. Other alternatives include Liver Tonics, supplements or just doing a general liver detox.