Oriental medicine (OM), also known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a healing art that existed in some form or other for more than 3,000 years. Some of the earlier texts date back from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). In the western world, it is commonly known as acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of several modalities that physicians of TCM use to treat patients. TCM emphasizes the role of the body in the healing process and uses herbs and natural agents to maintain health. It is an effective form of treatment and a particularly safe form of therapy. TCM is a complete medical system that takes into account every aspect of human life to promote health and well-being. It sees the body as one whole entity like a “Garden” and encompasses its physical, emotional, energetic, as well as its spiritual aspects. It emphasizes on the “Vis medicatrix” the “healing power of nature” better known as “the inborn ability of the human body to respond to the insult of illness or injury and restore itself to health in most episodes of disease or trauma (Whorton, 2002, p. 6).” The goal for treatment is boosting the ecological condition to favor self-regulatory capacity. Physicians in the eastern world are trained to examine skin, complexion, bones, channels, smells, sounds, mental state, preferences, emotions, tongue, pulse, demeanor, and body build to discern patterns that underlie a patient’s complaints. TCM’s wholistic approach to healing addresses the underlying cause of disease, and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Physicians are taught to treat the cause not just the symptoms of an illness so that the body can function more efficiently and therefore ensuring true health.
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What does obesity have to do with chiropractic? Well, chiropractic care is a profession based in using natural means to heal the body; that is, without the use of drugs or surgery. Obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) that is greater than or equal to 30. BMI is essentially a ratio of height and weight. Although measuring body fat is a better analysis of health, calculating your BMI is a quick and easy way to get a general idea about your current state of health, as it relates to your weight. Very fit and muscular people may have a false indication of being medically "overweight" or "obese", so if you fall into this category, measuring your body fat will certainly give you a more accurate indication of your health status. There is a significant amount of evidence that shows us that individuals that are overweight or obese have a significantly increased risk of other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, and risk of heart attack or stroke.
Obesity is an epidemic that is affecting more and more individuals in our country each day. It is a condition that is almost entirely dependent on lifestyle habits and can therefore be treated and cured naturally. Although research has shown us that there is a genetic component that may predispose some people to becoming overweight or obese, research also shows that prevention and treatment is all about proper diet and regular exercise.
Losing weight and making these lifestyle changes can be very challenging, but it is possible. Our office is very focused on these ideas of healing the body naturally and facilitating a comfortable and healthy environment to help make that happen. At our office, we offer customized nutritional and exercise programs that will allow you to reach your goals and live a healthier lifestyle for both yourself and your loved ones. Our unique program is completely tailored to your specific needs, goals, budget and schedule. Unlike commercialized plans that often allow for little to no customization, our plan takes all of your lifestyle factors into consideration when coming up with your treatment plan. If you are also experiencing back, neck or joint pain, chiropractic care may be a natural complement to making some of these lifestyle changes.
If this program may seem right for you and you're ready to schedule your initial consultation, contact our Daytona Beach office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!