The small intestine, and why it matters to you

I have had a sore right wrist for the best part of a year.

It started hurting just before I did my yoga training. Then it got better (I wore a wrist widget, which is awesome and helped a lot).

And then, out of nowhere, it started hurting again.

I modified my practice. No planks, no chaturanga, no flying crow (ok, that last one’s a joke). I waited for it to get better, like it had before.

Except this time, it didn’t.

The pain was sometimes bad at night. I googled wrist tears and ulnar sided wrist pain, and looked up exercises to strengthen the wrist on youtube.

I waited some more. And, nothing.

Exasperated, I went on the wrist widget website, and saw a picture of the wrist according to traditional Chinese medicine. The ulnar side is related to the small intestine meridian.

And it started to make sense. Why would I have chronic wrist pain on one wrist, when I had suffered no trauma to the area?

As with most things, the answer to my wrist pain was in my gut. My wrist pain was my body trying to tell me something.

I’ll let you know what happened in my next post.

But for now, know that if you have chronic pain (wrists or ankles in particular), with no obvious explanation, then take a look at your diet. It may get you back to flying crow more quickly.