Last time, we talked about the health spectrum. We also talked a bit about how we are all exposed to stressors in our everyday lives. Fortunately, our bodies has an amazing ability to heal themselves. Think about it, you can snap your femur, the largest bone in your body, and somehow, your body knows how to put it back together, on a cellular level! You don’t even have to be awake or conscious for this to happen!! I don’t know if anyone else is impressed by this but it blows me away. The point is, if your body can put a bone back together, it should be able to deal with a strain in your back without it turning in to a chronic problem. You should not be depressed or anxious, these are not normal states of being, although some of us have become so accustomed to feeling this way we can’t even see that there is another way. You should not get sick at the drop of a hat. And contrary to what the pharmaceutical companies might have you believe, it is not normal to have digestive issues for a prolonged period of time. So why do these things happen? Let’s take a step back for a moment.
What are out bodies made up of? Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, and a bit of some other elements. If you took all of those elements in the precise ratios that make you or me up and threw them in a vat, what would you end up with? Soup! It obviously would not make a person, so what exactly does hold us together. What gives us the ability to breathe, move, assimilate the food we eat, even think. What, on the microscopic level of an atom holds everything together…energy! Or what the Chinese call Qi. It is when the energy, or Qi, of the body becomes imbalanced that we lose our ability to deal with stressors on our bodies resulting in a decreased ability to heal, increased symptoms and ultimately moves us towards the disease and dysfunction end of the health spectrum. Acupuncture and oriental medicine works with the bodies energy to restore proper energy flow resulting in an increased ability to deal stressors, a decrease in symptoms and movement towards the optimal functioning and at ease end of the health spectrum.
So, what if you are already healthy. The great thing about acupuncture and oriental medicine is that it works on the entire spectrum of health, even on the health end of the spectrum. It is kind of like a 20 year old healthy person then going to the gym and eating well, they are making themselves more healthy. With diagnostic tools like pulse taking that have been used for thousands of years, a skilled practitioner can diagnose and treat disharmonies before they even manifest in symptoms! Western medicine, while unparalleled at treating acute and emergency problems, treats only about 5% of the health spectrum, at the disease end. It is quite simply not a “health care” system, it is a disease care or symptom management manner of treating diseases that have already manifested in symptoms. It is essential to have a good western medical practitioner that can help you in times of crisis. Heck, if I broke my leg, I’m certainly not going to stick some needles here and there and call it a day, NO! I’m going to the hospital to have my leg set, get a cast put on, THEN I’m going to go to my acupuncturist and get a treatment and some herbs to help with the pain, inflammation and to speed the healing process. In the same way, everyone should have a team of both western and holistic practitioners that not only can treat emergencies but can also keep them healthy and on the optimal function and at ease end of the health spectrum.