Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Birthday Rose

Yesterday was my birthday and one of my beautiful gifts was this small pink rose bush. 
The gift arrived this week just as I am exploring the relationship of the Heart, the Acupuncture point GV 11 and Rose oil. 
I have been working with this point in my practice by adding a drop of Rose oil to nourish the Heart. 
GV 11 is known as 'Shendao' or 'Spirit Pathway'. It is located in the upper back and in the depression below the spinous process of the fifth thoracic vertebra. This point tonifies the Heart and Lungs, clears heat and and pacifies wind.

Dennis Wilmont's book The Twelve Spirit Points of Acupuncture   offers an in depth history of this Acupuncture point and how the history of the emperor, his kingdom, and the natural world influence the naming of this point. He also explores the cosmological relationships between man, heaven, and earth in Chinese medicine.  I am diving deeply into this beautiful and rich book of medicine, history and wisdom. 
I highly recommend it to all practitioners of Acupucnture. 

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