Author: Adriana Guerrero (Acupuncture student & MD Costa Rica ~ Integrative)
I would like to start with a thought my professor mentions to us in order to understand a little about what illness means in our bodies.
“Illness is the effort that nature makes to heal man. Therefore, we can learn a lot from the disease to find the way back to health and what the patient finds it essential to reject contains the real gold that he has not been able to find anywhere else.” CG Jung
The mind is on top of our biological body, which is important for our body to take care of the health of our brain, to prevent it from undergoing a restructuring that could generate changes in that organ. Hence, it is important to monitor how we manage our emotions and if they are causing problems at the level of our health since to avoid an "overload" in our brain due to traumatic events, those emotions created by the stressful event are released into our body, translating in different ailments, not only through depressive or anxious manifestations.
We have a biological unconscious that drives us, the moment we are aware of this we will take back the reins since the disease is a survival resource. Any symptom that we present always has a meaning, it also originates from an emotional shock that was appreciated in an instant of our life.
How do we understand that biological unconscious? What does it refer to? All our bodily organs have a biological function, which in addition to what science has defined as its function, we must ask the person how they define and classify that function of the organ since that is key to being able to identify the traumatizing situation for the person according to his definition of biology.
For example, if we ask a person who has a skin disease, for her/him to define what the skin is for in our body? There will be people who tell us that for protection, others for beauty, to be able to feel objects, etc. That is why we speak of that biological unconscious that is defined according to the knowledge of the person who presents the disease and from there we can orient ourselves to the type of emotional problem that activated that bodily response to reach a solution.
For example, if a person mentions that the skin is to "protect us", we already see that the conflict is based on where the protection was violated, in addition, we can also add other data depending on the type of skin injury and the area of the body involved. We can form a theory in this person if he/she has a type of dermatosis on the shoulder, ask him/her when he felt that this area of his body was unprotected. If the person produces a dermatosis in that area, it is an example of the adaptation of the body to avoid contact on the shoulder and return to that "feeling of lack of protection".
They may have had a traumatic event where a person who was not their Pleasant grabbed his/her shoulder tightly without permission, which has that memory that kicks in every time they feel pressure on the shoulder. Other organ systems of our body, such as our muscles, are responsible for movement.
A conflict that generates an impact on this organ system may involve its function in "movement". What if the muscles of the legs are affected? We will think of a conflict associated with movement or progress, and we can then form a theory within the person, of when he felt that he was not moving forward in his life.
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