As Autumn comes upon us we have a chance to reflect on rhythms around us. Our deciduous trees illustrate a slow cycle moving through the seasons. As humans we relate to daily, monthly as well as season cycles. One such cycle is called the circadian rhythm, which relates to how we engage with activity, rest and sleep. When done well, the way we negotiate our circadian rhythm can really feed us, strengthen us and drastically improve our fertility. We can, of course, get it wrong.
In clinic we’ll often refer to the circadian rhythm in relation to the brain – the pineal gland and melatonin production. However, we constantly learning more about it. See, for example, the exciting recent research by Japanese American neurobiologist and geneticist Joseph Takahashi, which has found that all tissues in the body contain genes which are impacted by the circadian cycles, with the highest levels being in the skeletal muscles:
” “That was a surprise. We used to think the clock was only in the brain, but now we know that the clock genes are expressed throughout all tissues in the body,” said Joseph Takahashi, PhD, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Dallas. “
For more from Mr Takahashi click here.
With the application of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, our goal is to re-establish the innate cycles within the body, so that the body can make its own medicine. The body makes FSH, makes oestrogens and progesterone, makes testosterone. It does this when given the opportunity and a conducive environment.
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