Melissa’s Story: The Power of Xiao Dao in Healing Practice

Melissa’s experience as a practicing physician of Western medicine serves as a framework for understanding the whole picture of someone’s healing journey. As an integrative medicine physician, she provides tools to empower one’s personal journey of body, mind, spirit healing. These tools integrate the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine with modern science.

What is Xiao Dao to Me?

Since 2018, under the guidance of Grand Master Nan Lu, I began to transform my practice through Xiao Dao. Through it, I honor physical and emotional symptoms as a gift manifested by Spirit as a way to communicate a path to a healthy life. We open ourselves to this gift by improving our ability to digest and process the energy of stuck symptoms.

Improved processing, in turn, increases overall organ function, naturally restoring internal balance and harmony. Restored flow within the body opens us to deeper flow within our lives. At the highest level, we awaken our ability to heal and connect to the flow of all that is—an intuitive way of being and seeing.

How do we read these symptoms? How do we understand these messages?

Reading and understanding messages from our bodies can be very confusing when we have unconsciously been ignoring or blocking them for years. Xiao Dao helps us peel back the layers. It meets us where we are. It helps us digest what we are ready to work through, physically and emotionally. The more open we are, the more quickly this processing unfolds. At the heart is our drive for expression through our own unique Spirit.

The Xiao Dao approach aligns with processing as it occurs in Nature. Because we are part of Nature, it also aligns with our internal functions. In technique, we focus on creating the space for processing through the organ function system of the Stomach. Its energy matches that of the Earth, which can digest anything it receives. Our Stomach has the ability to help us process all physical and emotional conditions, past and present. We integrate the Liver/Wood energy to help break through, move and transform what has become stuck. Liver/Wood is the essence of Spring, Earth’s ultimate transformative show. The alignment of acupoints in Xiao Dao also embodies the essence and purpose of this approach.

– Melissa Laborsky, MD


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