Many clients come to me complaining of low energy levels or of feeling lethargic. I often like to use the concept of blocked energy when dealing with this. While Traditional Chinese Medicine uses this concept a lot, it is difficult to find a good correlation with this in terms of Western Science. Indeed, TCM talks of organs in the body such as the Triple Heater which do not physically exist! Coming from a scientific background, I struggle with straddling these two worlds and yet I find that for many of my clients, massaging along the meridians of TCM really makes a difference.
One way of looking at this dilemma is to think of maps. A political map of a continent will look very different from a geological one or one that is purely topographic, yet the political map is profoundly influenced by the other two. Rivers or mountain ranges form natural boundaries that often constitute borders. Geology dictates mineral resources that many wars have been fought over etc. And yet, over the years TCM has had many practices that I will never be convinced by and their use even if effective would to me be unethical such as the use of various parts of animals close to extinction.
I see TCM as an extra lens through which to consider which Essential Oils to use treating my clients. For those who want to build energy, I will almost inevitably use ones that are more stimulating in nature. That may be ones such as Ginger or Rosemary that stimulate blood flow locally to where used or those belonging to the citrus family or culinary herbs which stimulate salivary production and peristalsis. In terms of TCM these, particularly the citrus oils help blocked Qi or energy to flow around the body. The closest I can come in my own mind to explaining this in terms of Western thinking is through their psychological effect.
What this means is that when I alongside my client assess which oils might help them most, I use physical, psychological and TCM lenses to look at what they want from the session. Inevitably, all three will point in the same general direction though sometimes there will be minor differences.
What is important is that an assessment and the following treatment is truly holistic in nature and does not just treat individual symptoms.