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 it really mean to be healthy? We often hear people say, “I’ll die whether I eat right or not” or “I’ll die whether I exercise or not”, and you won’t find anyone who can disagree with you on that! Yes, no matter what, we’re all going to die. However, good health is not about finding immortality. Good health is about optimizing the time we have on earth. It is about being able to spend each day happy and pain free, not in suffering and agony, trying to constantly fight off disease.
If you could prevent a cold from coming on before it kept you from missing work? Or prevent your son from suffering that sports injury that forces him to sit out the rest of the season? And even better, how would you like to avoid having to give up the time, energy, money and undergoing the pain and significant chances of disability involved with surgery. Regular chiropractic care can help solve all of these problems and more. Research tells us that your genetics only contribute about 10% to your health and that making healthy lifestyle choices actually has the most significant impact on your health, by far! This is great news because it means that you have the power to control your health and therefore your future!
Time and again, science has shown us that practicing healthy habits, including proper diet and exercise, and regular chiropractic care, has a number of health benefits. Preventative health care focuses more on maintaining health before the onset of disease, rather than treating illness once it’s already present. Would you rather get sick and then have to work on fixing it or take measures to prevent yourself from becoming ill in the first place? We’d pick option 2 every time! Here is a list of some of the benefits you are likely to see when you begin practicing preventative health:
•More energy, less fatigue
•Decreased likelihood of developing illnesses including flu, diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, etc.
•Maintain healthy weight and muscle mass
•Less money spent on healthcare
•Less aches and pains
•Less sick days
•Less dependence on medication
•Greater quality of life
In addition to helping your spine stay healthy, chiropractic care has actually been shown to improve nervous system function which can, as a result, have a number of different benefits for many of your organs and organ systems. Many individuals receiving chiropractic care notice a decrease in the frequency of headaches, face pain and jaw pain. Several patients report decreased frequency of getting sick or resolution of other health problems such as constipation or indigestion. When you are improving the health and function of the nervous system, the possibilities are endless!
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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!