Cystitis according to Chinese Medicine: reflecting on the emotional cause

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Cystitis according to Chinese Medicine: reflecting on the emotional cause

Cranberries are probably at the top of the list ‘What to do with a bladder infection?’ If it is up to Jacqueline Rietveld, an expert in the field of Chinese Medicine, there is something else to consider: think about the emotional cause. ‘Catitis and other complaints in that area are always related to a fear of existence, consciously or unconsciously.’

Of course it makes sense to fight the physical symptoms, but the emotional cause also requires healing

Cystitis is a problem for many women. Once you have had a bladder infection, the symptoms will return regularly. Despite all hygiene, pee routines, vitamins, and cranberries. Other bladder complaints such as prolapses, not being able to urinate properly, or having to urinate frequently (especially a problem at night) are also common. Holistically, bladder problems are not just a manifestation of reduced resistance, weak muscles, or other physical defects. Bladder complaints are also caused by an emotional component.

Water & fear

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the bladder comes under the element of water. Bladder and water, you can still comprehend that, right? But what exactly does that mean? Body and mind cannot be separated from each other. Your mental-emotional state determines your physical condition. The TCM has five elements, which include the organs, but also certain feelings. Fear is associated with the element of water.

Do you feel safe to the core? Do you have a deep faith that everything will always work out? Or is there a small child deep within you who is afraid of the ‘monsters under the bed’? For example, are you afraid of death, are you afraid of not having enough money or do you fear for your safety on the street?

Cystitis according to Chinese Medicine: reflecting on the emotional cause

Cystitis and other complaints in that area are always related to a fear of existence, consciously or unconsciously. For example, if your mother was often afraid when you were in her womb, you may have unconsciously taken over that fear and still carry it with you. Negative sexual experiences also often turn out to be a cause of a fundamental feeling of insecurity and bladder problems.

What can you do about it?

Of course, it makes sense to combat the physical symptoms. But the emotional cause also demands to heal. That starts with recognizing that your bladder complaints are also an expression of a deep-seated fear. It is nice if you are already at the point where you want to examine that fear more closely and discover whether it is still real. But even if you’re not ready to face your fear, or simply don’t know where the fear comes from, you can increase your basic sense of security.

Energetic bodywork is a way to create a sense of relaxation, security, and confidence in all the cells of your body. Your basic attitude in life will therefore automatically become calmer and firmer. In this way, you build up more and more strength within yourself. Ultimately, when you are ready, a natural moment arises when you manage to look at your deepest fears and let these feelings go. And then you will notice that your bladder complaints will decrease or even disappear completely.

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