Dikke Darm LI 11
Name: Pool at the bend or Crooked pond
Pose: Shoelace of crossed legs
One arm cross in front, palm turned to ceiling; index finger opposite hand press index finger in and up. Head turned
Like other points in this series so far, Large Intestine 11 is a powerhouse point with two primary “super powers.”
First, LI 11 is one of the strongest points in the body for clearing heat. Whether that heat is related to a sunburn, a fever from a cold or hot flashes just to name a few. Think of LI 11 as a great vent for the body to release a little steam whenever it’s needed.
Another thing that LI 11 does is to “release the exterior.” In TCM, what we view as a cold or disease caused by a pathogen is seen as an invader which snuck in past our defenses (Wei Qi). Much as you might open your doors and windows to provide a route of escape for a bird which mistakenly got in to your house, points such as LI 11 provide an “open door” through which a pathogen is encouraged to exit the body. Combining this with its ability to vent excess heat from the body makes LI 11 very useful in any case where an illness is accompanied by a fever or elevated temperature.
Generally this point is used to relieve rashes, fevers, sore throat, itching and toothache. It can also be used locally for elbow and shoulder pain.
It can also be used to help us process our food and our emotions. Food stagnation can manifest in stomachache, heaviness and uncomfortable feeling after eating which can be a sign that the stomach and large intestine are holding on and not processing life effectively. This can manifest as constantly chewing on the same emotional material without receiving the lesson offered, eliminating the waste and moving on in life.
Toothache, redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hypertension
Actually letting go means allowing the change or the transformation be. This point gives us as advice; embrace change. Don’t fear it or run from it.
Let go of the old, all the things you’ve outgrown. Dont hold on to the past for the past is gone.
Declutter, liquidate, clear it all away to make way the new growth.
This can also be advising you that it’s time to change your ways. If you have been on the wring path, it’s not too late to transform yourself.
And maybe you can ask yourself the following questions:
- What are you willing and ready to let go off?
- What needs to go?
- How do you feel about change?
- Where do you need to make big changes in your life?
- When was a time where you completely surrendered to change?
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