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Recovering From Illness




After an illness, especially an intense
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one, the body experiences a period of weakness. Most often, heat enters the Yin and you end up Yin deficient in the Earth plane. This period of weakness is a critical time for your health. Depending on how the cards are stacked, you can heal very quickly, or you can heal extremely slowly – perhaps even not at all. Acute problems easily become chronic ones at this time.


I think it is extremely important to recharge the battery as explained in the chapter so helpfully titled: “Recharging The Battery”. This technique provides for preventative medicine using broad strokes.


In addition to the broad strokes, it is helpful to treat the fine details. After every illness, the location that needs to be diagnosed most immediately is the lymphatic system. This patchwork of nodes and vessels is the clearing house of our cellular waste. It is also a special highway for the lymphocytes that fight infections. After an infection, these vessels become hot in the Earth plane which we call Yin deficiency. Yin deficiency means there is not enough substance and too much function. In this case, there is not enough lymphocytes and those that are present are extremely active.


What does it mean to not have enough lymphocytes? It means one is prone towards secondary, tertiary, and quaternary infections. This doesn't happen most of the time. Most of the time, we have a chance to recover fully. But in the clinic I have seen instances where patients get stuck in cycles of illness. This can be avoided by Recharging the Battery so that the energy of the body is as fully restored as possible in advance of another infectious agent. It also can be helped by cooling the Yin of the lymphatic vessels as necessary.


Additionally, it is important to review the health of the cerebrospinal fluid. As I have said before, it is my belief that the craniosacral rhythm, which is the rhythmic movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, is the force that moves the lymph. When it slows down, the lymph slows down increasing the likelihood of secondary infections. At the same time, slow cerebrospinal fluid increases the likelihood that the lymphocytes cannot move at all. I believe this increases the likelihood that auto-immune diseases will develop. Similarly, if any joints experience pain, treat the synovial fluid that relates directly to the cerebrospinal fluid.



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