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Broken Bowl -  Stomach 12: The Opening of the Earth

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Broken Bowl - Stomach 12: The Opening of the Earth

From the broken cracks life sprouts forth new buds of possibility.

This beautiful point is often underutilized due to the finesse it takes in needling it appropriately and safely, but I find Broken Bowl to be essential in treating disordered eating, lung disorders, thyroid disease and neck pain and constraint.

Located in the soft tissue resting at the midpoint of clavicle or ‘basin bone’, this point is at a juncture of complicated neck anatomy including nerves, arteries, veins, and delicate muscular tissue and fascia. This juncture is a place qi easily gets stuck.

By opening up the flow of qi to the head and neck, the stomach channel comes alive,

The only Yang channel located on the front of the body, this meridian is especially important to enlivening the function of the body and specifically the digestive system. By recognizing that food is the means by which we recreate the world as ourselves, we begin to understand the importance of the Stomach and all the potential it holds regarding nourishment on physical and emotional levels.

With this point, broken bowl, there is an understanding of imperfection. The ‘bowl’ mirrors the function of the stomach and digestive system of holding and passing food. It echoes the Earth element’s function of holding fertile ground for growing nourishment. But realizing the inherent imperfection or ‘brokenness’ of this bowl, there is an opportunity for growth and possibility. It is through the breaking of the ground that new buds spring forth.

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Celestial Pivot: The Front Mu of the Large Intestine

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Celestial Pivot: The Front Mu of the Large Intestine

Stomach 25 or Celestial Pivot

This point is located at about an inch from either side of the bellybutton and is the influential point of the Large Intestine. It is the place, where food or nourishment literally pivots in the body, waiting for release back to the Earth. It is the juncture where heavenly and earthly qi meet, intersect and move forward. This point specifically can treat constipation, diarrhea and other disorders of the digestive system, especially when emotional elements become involved.

Begin to know this point, by practicing abdominal massage daily. Move your hands clockwise over the belly 30 times followed by counterclockwise 30 times to regulate digestion. For loose stools move only counterclockwise, for constipation move only clockwise. You can also use firm pressure over this area to move any stuck ‘qi’ along.

Abdominal massage is an incredibly important aspect to regulating overall digestive health. The much neglected abdomen is an area housing all the essential organs of the body and integral to the health of the whole body. Get to know your belly and all it holds!

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