Ulcers are wounds or open sores that will not heal or keep returning. They are usually found on the lower legs, and are often caused by poor circulation or ongoing pressure. This simple description immediately brings to mind an obvious underlying cause: a wound that won’t heal.
Many years ago, a gentleman in his nineties came to see me. His family thought that reflexology may help his circulation and subsequently heal an ulcer on his left leg that had been there for 14 years. The ulcer was constantly weeping, and nothing seemed to be able to heal it.
I asked him what had happened 14 years ago, but there was nothing he could recall. I knew the answer lay back then, so I let it go and talked about all sorts of other things as I worked on his feet. It wasn’t long before he began talking about his wife. She had died 14 years ago. He was from an era when ‘boys didn’t cry’ and ‘the stiff upper lip prevailed’, and so the leg had wept while his eyes stayed dry. The body always tells its story, even when we try to cover it up.
Ulcers on the skin can also be explained by wounds related to being on show, having to stand out, being noticed, or boundaries being stretched. Just imagine if you innocently put yourself on show and were cut down in ribbons, or stood up for something that had strong and unexpected opposition; that could cause a wound that would take a long time to heal.
Ulcers on the ankles can be connected to wounds that won’t heal associated with relationships, power games and money issues. Imagine a wounded relationship that you can’t escape from or won’t go away, finances that won’t improve, or power games that won’t relent and you have to compromise or contain yourself. All these things cause wounds that can be difficult to heal.
When you take a simple explanation of the condition and combine it with where the problem shows up in the body, it can be relatively easy to find the combination which helps to find the cause.