I am always amazed by the human body and how it “speaks” to us about what is wrong with it. My traditional education as a pharmacist did not educate me with the understanding that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has known for over 5,000 years. Studying natural medicine enlightened me tremendously, but it was own personal search for answers that opened up my mind to the bigger picture of well-being.
According to ancient healing wisdom, each emotion is associated with a specific organ, which, if out of balance will cause specific symptoms.
Emotions are of course a natural part of being human. It is when these emotions become excessive or are repressed and turned inward that they become pathological and cause disease. It is not the intensity as much as the prolonged duration or an extreme emotion, which causes damage.
I have spoken with so many people over my 27 years in pharmacy. I have heard just about everything. Customers have shared their most happiest moments, as well as confided in me their most horrific events. Looking back over all of these stories, it’s clear to me that the human spirit cannot be broken.
I have learnt that if you just take the time to speak with someone, you soon find that everyone has a dark history they are trying to forget or a current challenge they are desperately coping with.
We all have inside of us an infinite amount of strength. We all possess an ability to face even the most difficult obstacles and to move through them with grace and tact.
I turn the key in the shop door around 8 am and enter into a new day. Today is a fresh day and I take a moment to bless myself and the pharmacy with positive thoughts and a clear mind. Retail can be very draining on the soul.
I rev up the computers and tills, play a list of my favourite pick-me-up songs on YouTube and I’m off and running.
We live in an information technology age where ‘Doctor Google’ gets more visits than an average health professional. Consumers are desperate for help and advice in healing themselves from modern day ailments. I know I was when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
However, getting the correct information from trusted professionals is paramount in order to avoid doing harm rather than good. Strangely, finding the right help is like finding a needle in a haystack these days. There just doesn’t seem to be enough health professionals who really know how to treat chronic illnesses.