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Legs and digestion

Connection between legs and digestion

There are twelve major channels (organs) that run on each side of the body, one side mirroring the other. Each internal organ system correlates to a meridian. Each organ depends on the others as well as the greater network of channels. The channel system depicts a path through which our life energy known as Qi flows. Qi and Blood are interchangeable. The more free flowing Qi and Blood are, the more flexibility, energy and health available. In fact, there is a saying in TICM: if there is free flow, there is no pain, if there is pain, there is lack of free flow. So always keep your legs warm. Cold disrupts the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood and creates stagnation. Allowing too much cold to enter the channels can result in cold reproductive and digestive systems. When the digestive system is cold, it cannot assimilate food or thoughts properly, nutrients do not get where they need to go, and symptoms arise as a result. Because our immune system is built in our gut, it hinders the functioning of that as well, making the body more susceptible to pathogens. For women, it can lead to painful and irregular menstruation. This is also true of the Liver and Gallbladder systems, as both their meridians run through the legs and play a large role in digestion through regulating Blood, Qi and emotions. Our Stomach and Spleen are like babies. They enjoy warmth and being cuddled. Place a hot water bottle or thermals on the legs, feet and Stomach if you feel like your extremities are constantly cold. Do a foot soak in hot water for 30 mins daily. You can even add ginger to it. Drink ginger powder tea daily to increase Qi and Blood circulation. Be mindful of your legs and I assure you that your digestion will improve.

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