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The banana. It’s the perfect snack food. It’s a great source of potassium and even

comes in its own wrapper. Picked ripe off the tree, it can’t be beat.

The only problem is unless you have a banana tree in your backyard, we never get

bananas ripe off the tree. In fact, the tasty sweet yellow banana that you enjoy is actually

in the process of rotting. Think about it. If bananas were harvested from the tree when

they are a beautiful yellow and in their peak of ripeness, as they should be, they would be

a black, greasy mess by the time they make it to our local grocery. So to accommodate

the long journey from the tropics, they are picked when they are green and allowed to

“ripen” off the tree.

However, if you consider that living, growing fruit is supplied its life­sustaining nutrients

from the soil and that the tree is the transport system for these nutrients, logic tells us that

when fruit is cut from the tree it begins to die. The bananas that we buy in various shades

of green and yellow are just in different stages of decay.

Similar to a rotting piece of fruit, any organ or body part that is disconnected from its life

source begins to break down. In the human body, the acupuncture meridian system is

the tree that supports all the growing fruit. Just like a rotting banana, an organ or tissue

that is “cut from the tree” by having a limited and blocked flow of the body’s innate healing

energies immediately begins to decay.

Fortunately our meridian system is rarely severed like a bunch of bananas, but instead

are pinched or blocked in various places throughout the body.

Imbalances and blockages to the body’s innate healing energies, rob your body of

essential balance of healing energy supply by squeezing off the normal flow of energy,

eventually resulting in tissue damage and dysfunction. The good news is that even

chronic imbalances can be corrected given enough time and consistency of treatment.

After the change is made, new life can begin to flow into the damaged tissue.

So whether we’re talking about the human body or tropical fruit, remember that for any

living entity to reach its maximum potential, it must constantly be supplied by its source of


The greatest benefit of acupuncture care, far beyond pain relief or functional

improvement, is that a properly delivered treatment links the body back up with the

perfect quality and quantity of energy allowing your to derive maximum benefit from the

life force within the body.

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