Pericardium Energy and Your Child
The pericardium energy and your child may sound strange, but it is actually an important part of the Chinese medicine system, and it helps us to look at your child's situation in an important way.
Fortunately, almost all children have a healthy heart and pericardium, which is the surrounding structure that envelopes or contains the heart organ itself.
It is usually only from an energy perspective that children can have problems with the pericardium. This is yet another reason why I find the Chinese medicine paradigm so valuable in my own practice. It gives us an important way to describe symptoms and functions that otherwise would likely be ignored or left out of our evaluation and strategy if we only paid attention to physical attributes.
As you will see, there is a critical relationship between the pericardium energy and your child as he or she experiences daily life.
This figure shows how your child's pericardium energy joins the other three contributing circuits, the liver, the gall bladder, and the triple heater. The puzzle pieces show how interconnected these four organ and energy circuits are according to the Chinese medicine system.
From an energy perspective, the pericardium is on the same energy pathway as the others, meaning your child's energy system will seek to balance and maintain all four of these circuits in the context of the energy pathway.
We will concentrate on the pericardium energy subcircuit, but keep in mind the contiguous relationship and the overlap that exists among these four meridians.
The following functions are described as being closely associated with your child's pericardium energy circuit:
As you can see, these functions have both physical and mental/emotional attributes.
Pericardium energy related topics come up often in my evaluations of children and families, especially the relationship category.
Because your child is a member of your family unit or structure, the relationships between all family members can have a particular influence on this energy circuit.
I have found it to be extremely useful to describe and explain how the pericardium energy contributes to a child's overall energy functioning.
This conversation gives meaning and clarity to a set of symptoms a child may have that otherwise doesn't make sense.
Let's look at an example of how a child with pericardium energy related issues might present for an evaluation in my office.
A Child with Panic Attacks
I have seen a fair number of children who have panic attacks, either in response to known triggers or seemingly unknown causes.
The pericardium energy is always involved with this type of reaction, and it also can be used from a treatment standpoint to signal the child's system to move towards regaining balance.
Usually, this condition comes about because the child is unusually sensitive and can be triggered by low impact stimuli or things that don't even seem related to them at all.
An example might be a child who empathizes or "takes on" the feelings of those around them, like classmates in school. While this can be a positive aspect of being available and helpful to others, the downside is that it can become overwhelming because of its frequency of occurrence or the emotional strength and energy required on a daily basis.
The other situation that can happen involves the active or hidden memory of particular events, which can be triggered by 5 sense related reminders or even environmental or scenario driven triggers.
For example, if a young child witnesses a fire in the house or a bad accident, they can be imprinted with numerous corresponding 5 sense experiences that can be triggered in the future, even on the subconscious or unconscious levels.
Then what happens is that the child will go into a panic attack with no outwardly obvious event and this leads to frustration and a lack of understanding, unless these triggers can be brought to light for both the child and the parents.
My experience is that most kids will have either a supersensitive underlying constitution or previous priming events as experiences which predispose them to developing panic attacks.
The other category worth mentioning is the contribution of family history. This is an important source of triggers for panic attacks, and in the energy medicine system, there is no impediment to discussing past family historical events as having an influence on a child.
This is simply a function of energy awareness on the child's part that can cause them to react to things and events, even though they never actually lived through those events themselves. I have addressed this in more detail in my book called Energy Medicine Principles for Parents, in the section which describes what I call age reciprocal resonance.
Getting the Whole Picture
The pericardium energy must be approached from the perspective of the whole subcircuit which includes the liver, gall bladder and triple heater.
The concepts of energy priority and distribution should be learned and known by all parents because it gives you so much more information to work with.
Children today are more sensitive and intuitive than we may have thought possible.
I have seen many kids in my practice who fit this definition and have pericardium energy related symptoms.
I feel obligated to help parents understand these dynamics, and to reassure them that there are things that can be done to improve their child's situation, including self care measures at home.
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