Understanding Dual-Directional Support for the Body
Yesterday I started reading Ron Teeguarden’s book The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs. I’m sort of boning up before I attend The Longevity Intensive down in LA this weekend.
What struck me most in the book is the similarity between the great tonic herbs and the Life Vessel in what Ron calls Double-Direction activity. He writes, “One of the qualities that distinguishes the superior herbs from medicinal herbs and from drugs of all sorts is their remarkable ability to regulate body functions rather than force physiological activity in just one direction.”
In other words, they encourage the body to do what a normal, healthy body does naturally – maintain harmony or homeostasis. If you’re taking high blood pressure medication, it’s working in one direction only: lowering your blood pressure. Ron says, “This is the very nature of most drugs.”
If you’re taking tonic herbs they will lower your blood pressure if it’s high and raise it when it’s low; this is the dual-directional part and is exactly what the Life Vessel does. It encourages your autonomic nervous system to be in harmony, where all the systems of the body regulate themselves naturally. Healing takes place when we are in such harmony. To me, one of the coolest parts of all this is that it happens while you’re effortlessly lying in the Vessel’s field of nurturing and blissful safety.
I hope to have a lot of fun at the conference this weekend. I’ll be learning lots of tips about natural approaches to longevity from such wise teachers as Ron Teeguarden, Truth Calkins and David Wolfe. I am so looking forward to it and will share what I learn in blogs to come over the next few months.