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Body talk: the language of our organs-the small intestines

From: Cleansing for life,

Body talk: the language of our organs-the small intestines

Each one of us is born with a unique set of physical strengths and weaknesses. Similarly our visceral make up as well as our emotional processes are specific to us and intimately linked. One way of understanding our bodies’ subtle physical expression is to observe our emotional state. This gives us information which can be directed towards greater physical well being and emotional stability by addressing the specific organ involved with that particular emotional response.

The following is based on traditional Chinese medicine and the work of Chiropractor Doctor Jean-Pierre Barral.

Each blog will deal with a different organ for the next 12. Those are: Stomach and Duodenum, Spleen and Pancreas, Liver, Gall Bladder, Small Intestines, Colon, Kidneys, Bladder, Genitals, Heart, Lung, Adrenals and Thyroid.

The Small Intestines

The Small Intestines are divided into three parts: the Duodenum, the Jejunum and the Ileum. They are part of the digestive tract which starts at the mouth and finishes with the anus. The inside of our digestive tract, just as the inside of the card at the centre of a roll of kitchen paper, is still external to us. For that reason our digestive tract has to perform two rather contradictory functions: to protect us from our environment as well as to allow nourishment (life) in. This duality is especially reflected in the emotional connection associated with the Small Intestines.

1. Emotional description: Emotional imbalance of the Small Intestines may be associated with a tendency towards indecision and rumination, over intellectualisation and difficulties integrating feelings and mental processes. An inability to come to a satisfactory conclusion of what is worth integrating and what should be eliminated from life’s experiences will lead to feeling weighed down and burdened to the point of fatigue, joylessness and depression.

2. Physical symptoms: Slow difficult digestion leading to bloating; abdominal discomfort and, flatulence; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food sensitivities are symptoms of poor and slow digestion leading to fermentation and inflammation of the delicate lining of the Small Intestines

3. Taking care of the Small Intestines: Avoid over cooked and processed foods rich in salt, sugar and hydrogenated fats as they burden digestive enzymes and interfere with the delicate acid/alkaline balance of the Small Intestines essential to healthy digestion. Fermented foods are particularly beneficial to the Small Intestines because of the useful friendly bacteria they naturally contain; these include live yoghurt and fermented dairy, sour kraut, apple cider vinegar. Also beneficial are raw foods, which come with their own enzyme package and therefor cause very little stress to digestion.

4. Associated colour: It is associated with the colour yellow.

5. Associated Chakra: It is associated with the solar plexus

6. Affirmation, which supports the Small Intestines: I am joyful; I am active and productive; I learn and grow from life’s experiences.

7. Exercises, which support the Small Intestines: Core stability and abdominal exercises will help connect with the more physical and away from over-intellectualisation. A stronger abdominal girdle will also improve posture, facilitate digestion and support the Small Intestines.

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