The Power of Chinese Medicine
First things first: What is Chinese medicine? Chinese medicine is a tradition going back 5,000 years that works with nature to maintain wellness and prevent disease.
In Chinese medicine, the emphasis is always on treating the whole entire person – mind, body and spirit – rather than just the body part that isn’t functioning well. Additionally, it focuses on treating not only a person’s inner life, but also their outer life, including relationships to people and the environment. Disease is a symptom of life out of balance. Chinese doctors use a combination of natural techniques to maintain a healthy balance, including herbal medicine, diet and nutrition, energy exercises like tai chi, and other forms of bodywork, like acupuncture.
Is Chinese Medicine Right for You?
Alternative medicine is enjoying tremendous recognition today, undoubtedly because the remedies are more in tune with Mother Nature, have fewer side effects, and are usually less expensive. In a way, we are coming full circle to the wisdom that we once knew: Herbs, bodywork and healing foods can work for us, just as they did for our ancestors.
Because Chinese medicine falls under the umbrella category of alternative medicine, it too is growing in popularity and becoming more accessible to everyone. Just think, you don’t have to go to your nearest urban Chinatown anymore to find these cures.
Chinese medicine is definitely a different way to think about your health. So, how do you know if it is right for you? If you like the idea of taking care of yourself now to prevent disease later, and if you are willing to learn how to work wisely with nature to jumpstart your innate self-healing power, Chinese medicine could play a role in your basic health regime. However, this does not mean that you should self-treat or abandon Western medicine.