Wouldn’t it be nice to figure out how to deal with anxiety naturally in an easy way? Good news, you can!!!This is how it works.In the field of Tibetan Medicine we consider that in most cases of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, a person’s energetic system is uncoordinated. So what is this elusive energy system? Well let’s be clear right off the bat, we are not talking about the kind of energy associated with Reiki healing. I was introduced to Reiki healing at a young age and while I have respect for it as a system in and of itself, it has been misrepresented as a part of traditional Tibetan culture and medicine. It is not. When we are talking about energy in Traditional Tibetan Medicine we are talking about an ancient science and deep theory of our anatomy based on the five elements that has developed in all of the Eastern medical traditions for thousands of years.Of the five elements (earth, water, fire, wind and space) the wind element is considered to be responsible for the function of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. Not only is it considered that it is responsible for these systems, but also the proper function of the mind very much relies on the wind element. For this reason if it is disturbed we can easily start to have issues with our mental health.
High Stress = Disturbed windMost of us have become fairly accustomed to high stress in our daily lives. We more or less take it as the norm in this day and age. Wind’s nature is light, rough, mobile and cool. We can consider that stress by nature is rough. So any kind of stress disturbs the wind. Our lives are also full of excessive movements of the body, voice and mind. Our jobs, especially high stress office jobs, involve constant mental activity. In some cases our jobs involve constant talking. And some of us even push our exercise routines too hard for too long. If you add in an excessively light diet its a double whammy on the wind system. Some examples of rough, light and cool foods include raw food, lentils, toast and crackers, ice water, foods without oils, caffeinated drinks and just not enough nourishment in general.Excess wind symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, mood swings, irritability, stiffness, memory loss, yawning, sighing and trembling as well as moving pain especially in the lower back, hips and joints. In reality most people’s function of wind is a little bit disturbed in today’s society. We all generally experience some mild form of one or more of these symptoms. So what do we do to prevent disturbed wind ?
How to Deal with Anxiety Naturally: Working with Wind Points is a Simple RemedyIn essence the wind points provide a way to apply therapeutic treatments to help coordinate the wind element if it is disturbed. The fundamental theory of Tibetan Medicine says that the cause, nature and cure of all disease is the five elements. When one element is out of balance we must use the opposite characteristics of the given element to bring it back to balance. Since wind is rough, light, cool and mobile we need to apply smooth, heavy, warm and stable to the wind points. The simplest way to do this is to apply oil and heat to the points. Oil is smooth and heavy while heat is warm and stabilizing with directed application such as warm hands or a compress.
Types of Oil to UseThe best oils to use for wind are sesame oil (not toasted) and aged ghee. Another great balanced and neutral option is olive oil. If the wind is very high you can infuse the oil with a few nutmeg pods. Put a few nutmeg pods in about one liter of oil and warm it on very low heat for several hours. You can leave the pods in the oil when bottling it up as they slowly release their essence over time.
Types of CompressesHANDS: The best and easiest compress to use is warm hands. Vigorously rub the hands together and voila, they are piping hot! Apply the warm hands to any of the wind points, first leaving a little space for a few moments between the palm and the point and then allowing the full surface of the hand to lay flat on the point. This can be repeated several times. At least three is recommended. This is the main method we use when giving Tibetan Kunye Masssage and Therapies and also when showing clients how to deal with anxiety attacks at home. HORME: When we have a more serious case of wind disturbance we use a method called horme. Here we use either caraway seeds or nutmeg pods wrapped in cotton. We then warm up some oil with the compress soaking in it, usually on a candle warmer or any other appropriate device. The tricky thing here is to make sure the oil is quite hot, but not so hot that it will burn the skin. It is recommended to learn this method first from an experienced practitioner.HOT STONES: Another type of compress is hot stones. Hot stones have become very popular in spas these days. In Traditional Tibetan Medicine we use them as compresses for chronic pain relief, old injuries, nerve pain, indigestion and as mild moxibustion, like horme. The stones nature is stable and heavy, but they also have the effect of removing excess Earth and Water element after being heated up. In Tibetan Kunye Massage and Therapies we boil the stones for a long time, until they are VERY hot. We then place a towel over the point so the skin isn’t burned and let them sit for at least 30 minutes on each point. When treating wind it is is important to put an ample amount of oil on the points and then place the stones. Again, this method is best to learn from an experienced practitioner before applying it.The main point here is to apply oil, warmth and some pressure to the points.
- The center of the soles of the feet
- The center of the palms
- the center of the chest at the level of the nipples
- the jugular notch
- the crown point
- The main wind point: C7 – the large protruding vertebrae