Does an easy way out exist when it comes to health? Quick fixes never seem to stand the test of time yet we expect immediate results in our healthcare. Medicine is perceived as our magic elixir, and expectations are for instant gratification. Why exercise when you can pop a pill instead? Sure you risk a series of potential side effects, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch.
If you really think about it, adding chemicals to your body to fight the cause of a problem requires that your body fight both the chemicals and the cause. We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline. We have been led to believe that the amazingly efficient work the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.
Most natural forms of healthcare take time. Losing weight takes consistent exercise and eating right to change your body enough to quantify results. If you stop exercise and eat more, you go back to where you were, right? Your body responds to the effort you put out. A commitment to actively participating in your health will provoke positive change.
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the health of your body is in direct proportion to the abundance and integrity of the body’s innate healing energies. You are able to control the direction of your wellness by adopting ways to effectively manipulate these energies. Acupuncture, herbal therapy and dietary changes are some of the tools in TCM, but the idea of self healing is similar to that of many natural healthcare modalities. It may take hard work and time, but by learning about and committing to what is needed to heal, YOU are the leader to your own health and happiness.
-Michele Dolan, L.Ac