What the Heck is a Triple Energizer Anyway?
Posted on 05:00, July 12th, 2012 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
I get asked, at least once a day, what a Triple Energizer is. This strange TCM organ has several names–the Triple Energizer, San Jiao and Triple Burner. Typically, I give a quick response to my patients, explaining that it has to do with trunk of their body; consisting of the upper, middle and lower parts of their core and/or a pathway that goes through their arms and shoulders. That is usually enough to suffice their curiosity.
Three weeks ago, I had a hysterectomy that greatly affected my Triple Energizer channel. I wanted my body to heal as quickly and effectively as possible, and I had a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to study this strange organ on a deeper level. I learned some very interesting information which has broadened my understanding of this amazing phenomena known as the Triple Energizer. And–as a bonus–it is helping me heal faster.
When I was in college, I was a tutor. I loved tutoring because I felt that if I could study something that was complicated, then teach it to someone else, I learned it even better than my students. So today, I thought I would share what I have discovered with you. Are you ready to be tutored?
First, lets look at the Triple Energizer in relation to the Shao Yang.
Shao Yang = Triple Energizer and Gallbladder
When you think of the Shao Yang, you should think Qi and Fluids…
#1: Spaces which surround the internal organs:
#2: Sinews and bones:
#3: Problems in the Shao Yang:
#4: Palpation to diagnose:
Now, let’s talk specifically about the Triple Energizer…
Specifics to think about when you see problems in the TE channel:
Anesthesia and the Triple Energizer don’t get along. When you put the body to sleep and stop all bodily functions, it takes a while to wake up and start functioning properly again. This is why it takes the bowels so long to work after surgery. I remember feeling extreme pain in my hips and the inability to lift my legs because of my surgical position. I immediately had a lot of work done on both the TE and the GB channels. The doctor was impressed with my progress and said: “It’s too bad that everyone can’t have acupuncture after surgery.”
My extreme lack of energy also took on a whole new meaning after studying the TE channel. The TE needs the source qi to keep things moving. My source qi didn’t want to help the TE because it was busy putting its energy into wound healing. This is why it takes so long to get your energy back after a surgery. Your source Qi is busy working on healing. The rest of your body becomes sluggish and slow. I have come to the conclusion that it is supposed to be sluggish and slow. Imagine what would happen if a surgical patient tried to get back to normal life too quickly. They would deplete their source qi in a hurry. I have also had problems with low appetite, lack of digestion and hormonal imbalances. All of these make sense when you understand the important roles of the TE.
Finally, why does it take three months before a person really feels back to normal? Toxins from the anesthesia stay in the body for months after a major surgery. It is the TE’s job to move fluids through the lymphatic system in order to cleanse the interstitial fluid.
I have learned a lot by sitting around with my feet up after surgery. I am not a very patient person and I’m not very good about sitting around and doing nothing. I have overcome that challenge by finding ways to help myself heal faster and tutor my blog followers!
Look forward to part two of this blog. I’m going to put the things that I have learned to the test on my patients when I get back to treating in my clinic. I can’t wait to report back. Look for a blog titled: Graph Analysis # 4: Triple Energizer.
Have a great week everyone. Oh, and one more thing, if you haven’t completed our 2012 Practitioner Survey please do! It helps us understand YOU and your needs!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.