When we think of medicine in this country we immediately think of illness. Granted, we cannot have a remedy without a problem, but our minds have been carefully conditioned to consider medicine as a means of treating a disease and not one of maintaining and stabilizing health. One cannot be blamed for this. We are constantly bombarded with articles and advertisements about the next revolutionary drug and we are encouraged to suggest to our doctors the prescription that they should be giving us. How many times have you heard, “Ask your doctor about: Lunesta, Abilify or Humira as an example? It seems commonplace in our world. If I have this symptom, then I’d better take this drug to treat that symptom. Logical right? Point A to point B. Or is it? Maybe, just maybe we are looking at medicine and healthcare in a very rudimentary and linear way. What is truly behind our health and our wellness? What do we need to truly stay well? What is the right medicine? Furthermore what is the right mindset to have?
Our bodies are quite miraculous. They are constantly healing and replenishing themselves in every way shape and form. The health problems we develop almost always are because of a malfunctioning in a system or systems that otherwise function normally. This “disease process” can happen for a number of different reasons. In the paragraphs ahead I will highlight some of the reasons our bodies can malfunction, what we can do to reverse these negative changes and more importantly how we can maintain our well being.
Imbalance is something that seems to prevail in this world. There are so many ways we can become imbalanced and subsequently unwell. In Chinese medicine we believe there are both internal and external causes for one’s imbalance. The internal causes are those of the emotional responses to certain stimulus in our environment. What we call internal pernicious influences. They can range from anger and resentment, jealousy and worry, to being overly excitable or easily startled and chronically fearful. These emotional responses are imbalanced when the system that generates them is imbalanced. If we have a poor lifestyle, are constantly stressed, eat empty or processed food and constantly surround ourselves with trying situations we will weaken the foundation that our body and minds rely upon in order to healthily respond to environmental stimulus. So the key to conquering imbalance and disease is to nourish the source. A medical practitioner cannot take stress away but we can certainly guide an individual in the right direction to build up resistance to stress and respond appropriately to it.
There are also external influences. These range from the food we eat and what we drink to the very nature of our surroundings. From our environmental climate to the people we surround ourselves with as well as how we organize our household. Again, the stimulus can be adjusted and that is part of the whole equation, but we need to strengthen our resistance to these stimuli in order to prevail. In short we need to have optimal system function in order to deal with life. Otherwise it will generate illness and survival will be in peril.
Our bodily organs control our bodily function. Health is only possible when all of our organ systems are functioning properly. Other than trauma, illness occurs for two reasons. One is because we are susceptible to illness. If our functional defense is down we are open to invasion. The second reason is functional loss. When a system is not functioning well, then it cannot deal with what is required of it well enough to sustain health. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that we maintain and sustain bodily function and feed our defense systems to maintain health. So the question is how do we do this?
Simply, we give our bodies what they need.
That comes with the obvious tenants of good health. A wholefood-based, well-rounded nutritious diet, avoiding processed and refined foods, drinking plenty of clean water, exercising regularly and getting ample rest. These are essential. However, sometimes these essential pieces are not possible because of underlying malfunction. For example. If you can’t shut your mind down at night, how can you sleep properly? If you have significant inflammation and pain in your knee, how can you stay efficiently active? Thankfully there is another functional tool that has been used by billions of people for thousands of years that can address these issues and many other underlying problems. Most people, certainly in the western world have very little understanding of this system of medicine and its ability to stimulate optimal function in the human body. This tool is called Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair thin needles into certain points around the body. When this insertion takes place a number of interesting things happen. Immediately the nervous system is signaled. Depending on the placement of the needles we are able to stimulate specific nervous channels. In doing this we encourage the movement of circulation along with it. So in actuality we are moving circulation of blood and energy into the area of the body where it is needed. Blood is a major waste removal tool and when stimulated it will break down obstruction of all kinds. Whether it’s inflammation, which most times it is, or if it is tension in the nerve or some form of fluid congestion, moving circulation through these areas will remove obstruction and restore smooth function. More than this, when circulation is encouraged into an area via the acupuncture stimulus, oxygen, nutrients and hormones that go with it will get into the system where they are needed in order to strengthen the function of that given system.
The majority of disease is because of congestion and stagnation within a certain system or because the area in question is weak and functioning poorly as a result. By stimulating circulation we can resolve the overall majority of health problems, because that is what is needed to heal. Without it we cease to be. The human body is amazingly versatile but even so it can become weakened by years of abuse. If we eat refined sugars and oils for many years we will generate weaknesses in our digestive systems. If we endure intense stress day in, day out it will affect our adrenal system, liver and cardiovascular system. Over time even our bodies succumb to poor choices. The great news is our bodies heal 100 times quicker than it takes for most disease and illness to progress. If we stimulate complacent nerves in parts of our body that are weakened or congested we can get the essential healing elements via the circulation into these problematic areas, and as a result the body’s function goes up and our bodies heal. Precisely as they are designed to. It’s really as simple as that.
The time it takes varies from person to person but once corrective healing has occurred we use acupuncture to maintain the integrity of our health. For thousands of years in China the Acupuncture physicians were paid if the patient in question was well, not if they were sick! Seems like the reverse of our current conventional model eh?! So, in our practice we will get a person well and then maintain their health. Frequency of treatment becomes far less necessary once the body is doing the work. It is far more sensible to promote ones health to avoid disease rather than waiting for disease to take hold which is far too often the nature of the western medical model. It is all about function! If we stimulate function and get it to its most optimal level we will be healthy. That is what acupuncture does. It enhances body and mind function. Why not use the most powerful healing element we have? Our own minds and bodies.
Once we use acupuncture to stimulate our own ability to heal and truly heal, our mindset changes. We develop a depth of understanding of how amazing our systems are and that maintenance is the key to long, healthy and happy lives. Our goal at Lake Country Acupuncture is to help as many people as possible have optimal wellbeing from the inside out. That starts with the individual. Once you see it for yourself you will know the amazing power your body has to heal and you will continue to change the minds of others. Pills and surgery are not the only answers and we have other options. Come see what we can do to help you be as healthy as you can be! Come find the missing link! You!