When we feel pain in the body, we instinctually know it’s an indicator that something is wrong. Whether you just stubbed your toe or accidentally touched a hot pot, it’s typically quite obvious why you’re experiencing that pain. But what if you have unresolved pain, for example in your liver and gallbladder, for months or even years? What if doctor after doctor assures you that nothing is wrong and even makes you feel like you’re imagining it?
[Read: “All in Your Head: Are You Just Imagining Your Chronic Pain?”]
Allopathic (Western) medicine generally focuses on the treatment of pain symptoms and not the root cause of the pain. And while this approach is imperative in an emergency situation, chronic pain requires a more complex, multi-faceted approach. And so, understanding the spiritual meaning of pain in the liver and gallbladder, namely from a traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) perspective, can help alleviate it.
Qi Energy, Organ Synergy
TCM supports the idea that qi (energy) flows along 12 main pathways in the body. These meridians or “energy highways” are responsible for carrying, holding, and transporting qi, blood, and other fluids around the whole body. Because the meridians are so receptive to energy, it is believed that illness can occur when there is stagnation or a blockage of qi along these meridians. But what can cause such a disruption?