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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? We virtually sat down with Juby, from Yintent to chat more about this topic and how TCM helped her in her personal wellness journey.
What are the key tenets of TCM?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is really about maintaining the balance of one’s health to prevent illness + dis-ease. Fundamentally speaking, it’s about maintaining the balance of yin and yang and the free flow of qi.
TCM sees and recognizes that the body is an integrated whole. No one organ, body part, or area is separated from another. When there's an ailment in one area, it’s often because something in the body is out of balance and causing the discomfort.
TCM is very much connected to nature. Our bodies respond with the change in seasons. Some may notice that instead of responding to the change of season, their bodies react to the change of season. This could mean that there are disharmonies and imbalances in the body. Our bodies also need different nourishments during different times of the year.
It is believed in TCM that we are born with the ability to self heal. In other words, our bodies were born to maintain homeostasis so that we are able to have a thriving environment. Unfortunately, over time, certain stressors in life can cause our body to forget what balance looks like, feels like, and it starts to constantly operate in a fight or flight mode, This then becomes the new “normal”. Acupuncture and herbs used in TCM are meant to help the body get back to a state of homeostasis so that it can begin to heal from the inside out. It treats the ROOT cause.
It is very holistic and integrates the connection of the body, spirit and mind.
Which TCM remedies would you recommend to help lessen anxiety and practice calm?
Some modalities that are used in TCM when it comes to treating patients are herbal remedies, acupuncture, tuina massage, moxibustion and gua sha.
To help with anxiety, I highly recommend acupuncture treatments as they can be very helpful with easing the mind and calming the nervous system.
For self practice, I encourage practicing lower Dantian breathing. Dan Tian is located in our lower abdomen, between the naval and pubic bone area. This is considered the energetic centre where the root of our Qi resides. Basically this translates to lower abdominal breathing. Intentional and slow deep dan tian breathing can replenish the energy reservoir, especially if you’ve been running a million miles per minute and are feeling stressed/anxious. What this is really doing is taking our body out or the fight or flight response (sympathetic nervous system) where our adrenaline and cortisol levels are spied, and it kicks in our rest and digest (parasympathetic nervous system) to rebalance our body’s hormones, which in turn affects the rest of our body and mental state.
Lastly, certain acupuncture points can help with anxiety, and massaging specific points daily (also known as acupressure) can also help with relaxation and creating more moments of calm.
What inspired you to start Yin Tent and create TCM teas?
After constantly feeling burnt out and experiencing extreme fatigue after having my second child, I was forced to slow down. By slowing down, I mean slowing right down to doing only one thing a day because that’s all I could handle - physically, mentally and emotionally.
That one thing could be grocery shopping, or making dinner, or going for a short walk with the kids, and if I was able to accomplish that one thing for the day, it was a win.
It was frustrating and debilitating because I felt like I couldn’t be there for my family and take care of them.
After seeing a Dr. of TCM, I learned that my Yin was very depleted and that there were a lot of imbalances in my body postpartum, causing me to experience depression, extreme fatigue and weakness.
A couple of years later, Yintent came to be. I am still on a journey to healing, and while some days I still take 10 steps back, I am so grateful for all this has taught me and the doors that it has opened up.
Yintent was born out of the desire to help create moments of stillness to slow down, intentionally nourish and create space for healing and re-balancing.
How do you personally practice calm?
I start my mornings with 20 mins of Qi Gong and end my nights with 20 minutes of Dan Tian breathing. With COVID and the hectic days of having both the kids home, this really helps me to be in a calmer state so that I can better navigate the day. One grounds me, and helps set my energy for the day, while the other one replenishes, and relaxes the body. Recently I have also incorporated CueCalm Incense to my evening ritual and they definitely help set the vibe for a more relaxing space.
Thank you so much Juby for sharing your knowledge and expertise in TCM. Learn more by heading over to her website & you can shop her teas on her etsy shop!
"it’s about maintaining the balance of yin and yang and the free flow of qi."
Juby, Founder of YinTent
Mom of two, student of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a life-long learner of leaning into life's ebb and flow.
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