Gu is one of the oldest Chinese characters and concepts in TCM. It was discussed in the earliest and most influential Chinese medicine texts, dating back to more than 2000 years ago. Gu is a TCM medical diagnosis that translates to possession syndrome and describes a person whose body is overcome with one or many parasitic type organisms.
The actual Chinese character of Gu is 蟲 the top part signifies parasites and the bottom part of the character signifies Blood 血. Another meaning depicts worms breeding in a pot.
How can this ancient wisdom help us now when talking about Lyme disease and other similar stealth disorders? Gu encompasses all complex chronic infections and inflammatory diseases and helps us understand what we are dealing with when a patient has chaotic multi-system health problems, whether or not certain findings are identified through blood work or not.
Gu are chronic inflammatory degenerative syndromes, super-infections involving a variety of pathogens such as funguses, viruses and bacteria, that may lead to malnourishment and a dysfunctional immune system. These co-existing infections thrive upon each other as well as other toxic material existing heavy metals, mold, fungus, bacterias, etc stored within the body. They symbiotically assist each other in the process of feeding upon their more and more deficient host.
Unfortunately, we are more susceptible to these imbalances now more than ever. As a whole, our weakened immune systems, poor diets, compromised genetics and toxic lifestyle habits, are more prevalent now than ever before.
Patients truly suffer when dealing with the distress caused by having their resources drained with little to no information on how to feel better. It manifests to digestive, mental and nervous system symptoms. Through understanding Gu, we can use lifestyle, dietary, herbal and natural practices, in addition to Western medicine to help the body find better balance to find some peace within this disorder.