What is Health?
Everyone wants to live without sickness, but what does it mean to be truly healthy? Sometimes we focus so much on disease that we forget to look at the positive. So what does it mean to have good health? Does it mean being free from pain? A total absence from disease? Having blood work done and all the numbers falling within “normal range?”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” I like this statement because it gives a good, positive baseline to measure our “health” by.
According to Chinese medicine, imbalance is the cause of illness. In order to achieve the three states of well-being—physical, mental and social—our physical body (or structure), our emotions, our hormones, blood and Qi (our inner “life force) must be balanced in order for us to stay healthy. Any imbalance in these areas will result in illness.
A major principle of Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs) is awakening our innate and natural healing abilities in order to achieve balance in our body. Acupuncture does not treat a specific ailment. Acupuncture corrects imbalances and encourages the body to heal itself.
I encourage you to come in for a “Qi” check. Understanding and correcting the imbalances in your body may very well prevent you from having serious illness in the future. Decide today what you will do to be healthy and feel more balanced and in tune with yourself!
Next post, I’ll talk about six ways of staying healthy once you’ve achieved your new, balanced self!