Du Or Dai

FYI, the title of today's post is a lame example of "acupuncturist humor." This is what happens when you hang out with acu-nerds for a long period of time...you start finding yourself in fits of hysteria over sad puns that no one in the regular world has the slightest chance of understanding. But I digress... The Dai is the fourth Extraordinary Vessel that we're going to discuss. During your abdominal palpation, I will press into the area that runs around your waist, to the back of your body. This area, which forms a belt around your body, is the Dai channel. It binds all of the other channels together, and in fact literally means "girdle", or "belt." Dysfunction of this channel tends to affect the Gallbladder, so it might be treated in cases of migraines, ear issues, or neck pain. Muscle flaccidity or weakness in the lower extremities might also have a link to a disordered Dai. One interesting symptom of a Dai issue is the feeling that your low back or legs are immersed in cold water.

The main strength of the Dai is holding things up, so it is used to keep things raised. When I speak of "holding", I am referring to the idea from a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint. We look at the body and see where things are literally dropping within the body, or not being held in their appropriate containments. For example, bruising is a result of the blood not being held within the blood vessels. Prolapse and hernias are other examples of organs and tissue not being held up where they are supposed to be. Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, excessive menstrual bleeding, incontinence, diarrhea-these are all indicative of a weakness in the body's ability to "hold."

The Dai has a special link to leukorrhea, aka abnormal vaginal discharge. Again, there is that idea of substances dropping out of the body, rather than staying inside. This vessel is almost always treated in cases of vaginal discharge. If the discharge is either yellow or white, with an odor, it is suggestive of excess energy in the channel. If it is continuous but seems diluted, it points to a deficiency of energy.