Posted 8/9/2021 1:54 PM (GMT -6)
I don't remember the exact progression, but I do know it was still a roller coaster - I indeed felt much better at first, then got hit with scary symptoms, and stress (moving twice in 2 years) really set me back. I have been doing Chinese Medicine for 3 years now, and indeed do feel a major breakthrough at this point. I believe you are truly seeing the best there is in the country for any health issue, so I encourage you to keep going!
The tightness in chest/heart is something I experienced a lot, and it was very slow and gradual to relieve, and actually just came back after a terrible reaction to abx (taken in emergency and I will never do it again!). This can be physical costochondritis from babesia or infections, but for me personally I believe it is a physical manifestation of a mental struggle. My heart being torn between two systems, eastern and western, and between two lives - my old and new. Whenever I get tension between these or resist transition, this flares up. When I meditate on my truth, reduce stress, and listen to my heart and body, it lessens.
Bloating and digestive distress I've struggle off and on; there will definitely be an adjustment period after messing with the microbiome from abx. Can take years of careful healthy nutrition to get that working again, but I've enjoyed my thinnest lightest body in 15 years! The entire body has become imbalanced from western lifestyle, Lyme, and abx. It will take time to find that balance again.
It really helped me to learn a bit about Oriental Medicine so I could understand the theory of what we were working on, and learn how to help my body on my own time with food and herbal tea and acupressure - learning when I can help clear "damp heat" or eat more warming or cooling foods, moistening or drying, etc. "Healing With Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford is an AMAZING resource.
There are generally 3 stages to natural healing: "tilling the ground" so to speak, to prepare your body for this new method, testing its limits and seeing just how deep the infections go, adjusting herbs to your needs. Then there's the intensive pathogen-killing stage. Then when they're eradicated you will have a period of regenerating all the systems that have decayed and weakened - regrowing those nerves, muscles, bones, and resetting the nervous system.
It seems like a really long timeline, but so many exciting things can happen in that time! It's not like you'll have a 3-year herx and suddenly get better - you'll have hard seasons and amazing seasons - learning to flow with change - literal seasons and personal emotional seasons - will help the transition. And you'll have to learn to trust the system, even when you seem stuck. Stress and events in your personal life and thought life can have profound effect on your physical health. It's been such a journey of growth and transformation for me... I cannot compare it to any other healing modality. It's truly been life-changing.
The most progress will be made when you embrace the power of healing yourself. Realize that it's YOUR body doing the work. The unconscious mind and body is incredibly intelligent and knows what it needs. Doctors only assist a weakened body carry the load and remove pathogens, but the actual recovery and healing will be your own power. Your dietary choices, mental health, and resetting your nervous system and autonomous response will be very powerful. But keep this in your back pocket for later - this early on, it may be best to just learn to rest and trust the body and nature's system. Trying to hurry up the process generally backfires.
Try not to see flare ups and setbacks as negative, as pathogens growing or spreading - think of them as deeply rooted decaying forces deep in your body; what is healing? Pulling them out! What happens as you pull out a deep infection? It's going to come to the surface. Things are going to flare up, and ooze, and itch and be terrifying. This isn't bad - this is healing. The deep infection is coming out. Ever see a quiet, calm exorcism? No. The thing coming out is loud and violent. Learn to let it release in its own way and not be afraid, but thankful that this "evil" has been pulled to the surface to release, rather than stayed inside you.
For me equally if not more important has been doing mental work. All of this illness for me was based in trauma destroying my mind and immune system. Chinese Medicine allowed me a unifying theory of mind, body, and spirit, that just changed everything when I got it all aligned. But the healing journey is a very hard journey. It's not always going to feel good. But your body finds ways to thank you for respecting its needs and keep you going.
Gábor Máté, Nicole LePera, Caroline Leaf, Peter Levine, Heiner Fruehauf, Paul Pitchford, Joe Dispenza, Caroline Myss, have all been incredible resources for me.
This is the Road Less Travelled. And the view is stunning.