EMOTIONAL VIRTUES & POISONS: Using Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to maintain positive emotional health 

In  practice, all of our practitioners are forever preaching that our emotional health influences our physical health. No truer words have been SPOKEN my friends! Therefore to be truly healthy we need to be addressing emotional issues just as much as we treat our physical ones.  


A lot of different modalities use this theory differently – most associate an organ with an emotion. For example – anger/frustration indicate disturbances to the liver channels or sadness/grief reflect an imbalance of the lungs. 


These negative emotions are just as toxic as pollutions! 

So since we are aware that they negatively influence our physical bodies… how can we address them?? 


You can get physical therapies done such as acupuncture, yoga, NET, NIS or kinesiology. These are all wonderful self-love practices! You can also journal or talk through things with a psychologist or with a good friend over a wine or 7.  


Another option is to use the FIVE ELEMENT THEORY from traditional Chinese medicinal texts.  


The five elements consist of wood, fire, water, earth and metal.  

They are all representatives of different body systems and all interconnect with one another.  


In regards to emotional reflection – Each of the 5 elements has a virtue and a poison. A positive and negative emotion associated with the same element.  


The fire element shows us the virtue of politeness and the negative emotion of anger. 

The wood element has the positive emotion of empathy and the negative emotion of anger. 

The earth element reflects strong integrity and the negative emotion of blame. 

The metal element has the positive virtue of knowing the difference between right and wrong however can show negatively by demonstrating irritation and judgement. 

And finally, the water element has the positive virtue of wisdom and the negative poison of annoyance.  


Now typically most people will be able to read these elements and put themselves into one or two of these categories (either based on recognising the positive or negative emotion in themselves.) For example, the most common element that people resonate with is the element of metal. They have the ability to understand the difference between right and wrong and believe that they have strong moral principles… but are easily irritated or judgemental of others.  


In order to get rid of the toxin, you need to nurture the good virtues! 


So if you find yourself relating to the metal element - being judgemental and easily irritated can be addressed by focusing your energy on doing what is right. Don’t judge if you think someone is wrong, and pay more attention to the way you react, your response to the situation. Life is not always about what is fair, its about how you respond and what you can take from the experience for growth.  


If you find yourself resonating with the earth element – you can easily resort to blaming others for your misfortunes. Try to counteract blame with strengthening your own integrity. Pride yourself on being honest, sincere, trustworthy, fair and hold strong moral principles. Lead by example and create good karma. Do good for others and good things will come back to you.  


Make positive change in your life and that is how you will rid yourself of emotional poisons.  


My final piece of advice is to check in with yourself regularly. We are all so easily distracted by life and work and keeping busy. Few of us take the time to be still and question whether we are being the people we want to be and following our purpose. Schedule in the time to self reflect on what part of your life needs some TLC, how you can be better, how you can include more joyous activities in your week and most of all, acknowledge what you have to be grateful for RIGHT NOW! Life is a gift friends, and you only live it once.  


Love Jess  

ACNE- not just a skin condition

Many of us suffer from those cheeky little blemishes (sometimes not so little) that come up at the most inconvenient times! They can be stress induced, hormonally triggered and/or could be an irritating problem you’ve been dealing with since your teenage years.

The trick to treating Acne, is to look at the body holistically – not just the skin.

Addressing the diet, immune system and hormonal changes are paramount!

Hormonal fluctuations are common triggers for acne in both men and women. Testosterone and progesterone are common culprits. This is why we commonly see teenage boys with acne as they go through puberty or see women getting breakouts the week before their period is due. Hormones change the architecture of the sebaceous gland and how much oil is able to be produced (which can predispose the skin to bacterial infection). Testosterone in particular grows cells and therefore when it comes to the skin, it blocks pores.

Another common source of break outs is STRESS!! Cortisol is the primary hormone we’re concerned with when it comes to our adrenal systems and stress. Cortisol is released by the adrenal gland when we are under the pump to tell the nervous system to calm the heck down. However, the enzyme that detoxifies cortisol is the same one that detoxifies testosterone and therefore an increase in cortisol means less detoxifying of testosterone, which can then affect our skin/pores. Double whammy… stress and hormones causing our skin to go bananas!


Zinc = our skin’s new BFF!

Zinc is a wonderful supplement to take to improve your skin health… and health in general!

Zinc is shown to affect the conversion of testosterone and is a ripper supplement for supporting the immune system.

Ladies, increasing your Zinc intake from day 21 of your cycle (or one week out of your period) can not only affect your skin, but it can reduce sugar cravings and mood swings! Give me some by the truckload please!

Other supplementation that you might want to look into is a good quality Vitamin B product and Vitamin D – whether by sitting in the sunshine or taking a supplement in the cooler months (if only we could have summer forever!)

From a diet perspective, try to stick to a Paleo style of eating.

Lets cut out sugar, dairy and grains and keep to a Low GL (glycemic load) diet.

Also, water intake is so important! Hydrate your skin my friends!

Keep to a regular exercise routine but be mindful not to stimulate too much cortisol from high intensity training if your adrenal system is already under pressure.

Most importantly, address WHY your adrenal system is stressed! Are you trying to squeeze too much into your weekly schedule? Training too much? Drinking too much coffee? Not sleeping? Or dealing with emotional issues? Getting to the bottom of your constant cortisol peaks and it will only help with your attempt to tackle the pimples! (As well as making your world a hell of a lot happier).

Love and Light,

Dr. Jess