In most fertility cases – but those of women especially, due to the differences of anatomy – the Chong Mai or “Penetrating Vessel” is our primary concern, physically, for fertility. It is also a primary channel of concern for migraines, thyroid issues, chest heaviness, and many other myriad cases involving the “mansion of blood” (liver, diaphragm, spleen, heart, and aorta). In women, the following list may serve as a “checklist” for factors which stagnate the Chong excessively.
If you study the list, you can easily see why women have a growing epidemic of infertility and hypothyroidism in the West. Though these issues can affect men, for women the Chong is substantially more important, as it is governing of the menstrual cycle, and can truly affect physical and mental well-being and happiness, as well as physiological function.
- Birth control
- Medications, especially more than 6 (including supplements)
- Anger or other issues, unresolved
- Inborn anxieties
- Rape/sexual assault
- Caffeine usage (daily habit)
- Social drug use
- Excessive fears and worries
- Stagnant sense in life and inside the gut
- Blocked Energy (have energy, can’t access it)
- Poor diet
- Relationship troubles, or even fear of partner
- Overwork and taxation (of health)
After you consider these, please consider: if your health is like a circuit breaker, where on your threshold do you feel you are? Once you “trip the breaker” the Chong can spastically contract and shut down whole areas of the body it feels are either a threat, not important, invaded, or simply disjointed from the rest. This can, on the whole, create a situation of irregularity and “Qi reversal” in the body, which may result in infertility, headaches, stomach or abdominal aches or discomfort, anxiety, depression, worry, and energy regulation issues.
If you have the above issues, please consider speaking to Shifu Ramon about the Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang formulas and ways to regulate blood and Qi, especially Liver Blood and Liver Qi. Chances are, he is already using SP4 for your case, but it may not be enough. Feel free to bring this list to your appointment, as well.