Is Your Health Optimal?

Both Western and Chinese medicine could be accused of focusing too much on disease treatment,Guest Posting rather than wellness. Practitioners from both medicines are taught to be problem-solvers and disease-curers instead of wellness promoters.

You can’t blame Western medical docs – most of their preventive advice is to avoid negative things. They don’t really have a deep and powerful system of prevention. No wonder they don’t see prevention as paramount.

We can’t blame patients for not striving for optimal buy lions mane health. Most of the time, humans just do their daily thing until something keeps them from sleeping, working, or enjoying life.We only think of medicine when we need a cure. We don’t live preventively.Ignoring Minor Symptoms

We tend to ignore minor problems (like dull headaches at the end of the day, itchy eyes, morning grogginess) until they get worse. The prevailing medical system has conditioned us to only think of medicine for major problems, and to take a symptom-relieving pill for the minor ones. We take aspirin for headaches, allergy medicine for the eyes, and drink coffee for grogginess.Continuum of DiseaseChinese medicine sees illness as a continuum. What do itchy eyes have in common with migraines, or hepatitis? What does grogginess have in common with Alzheimer’s? Dull headaches with life expectancy? Western medicine would say nothing. But sometimes there is a connection, and Chinese medicine can explain it.Minor symptoms can lead to major illness. Reversing imbalances sooner can keep you in good health longer.

Chinese Medicine Prevention and WellnessMany Chinese medicine practitioners do study the prevention and wellness wisdom of Chinese medical literature. They don’t just give acupuncture and herbs, but they also recommend dietary changes, exercises and lifestyle modification based on the same personalized diagnosis used by acupuncture and herbal treatments.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (from 250 B.C.) says, “In the past, people… understood the principle of balance… They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided overstressing their bodies and minds, and refrained from overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained well-being of body and mind; thus it is not surprising that they lived over one hundred years.”