Its the first day of the new year, a time when many of us take a moment to review the past, take stock of the present and make plans for the future. New Year Resolutions about health and fitness are the most common resolutions made in the New Year, so I thought today I’d offer some Chinese Medicine based advice.
This year, resolve to look at your wellness differently by taking a preventative approach. Think beyond what you can do get well - resolve to achieve wellness and stay there. With over 3,000 years of data on achieving and maintaining wellness, Chinese Medicine is the perfect method to help you reach your health and wellness goals in the New Year.
East and West - Different Perspectives on Wellness
You have to realize that paradigm of Chinese Medicine is quite different from Western Medicine. Traditionally thousands of years ago, the neighborhood Chinese doctor got paid on a retainer to keep you well. If you got sick you actually stopped paying the doctor until you were well again! Can you imagine if medicine still worked this way?
When most people think of Chinese Medicine compared to Western Medicine, the first thing they think of is needles and Qi; that Chinese Medicine is an energetic medicine while Western Medicine is a scientific medicine. I believe this long standing focus on preventative medicine and wellness, however, is actually the most fundamental difference between the two.
These differences actually make Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine work very well together. Even though Chinese Medicine developed thousands of years ago to be very complete - I can actually treat everything from acute injury and infection to colds, back pain, headaches and more - Western Medicine is much better at treating acute problems. I really don’t want someone to show up broken and bleeding in my office because I’m just not going to be able to patch them up as efficiently or effectively as an ER doctor.
If you have chronic back pain, knee pain, headache, menstrual issues, or you’re just looking for help maintaining health and wellness - I’ll most likely be able to help you more effectively and naturally than your average allopathic doctor. In this way, East and West make a fantastic team and I always love the chance to work with my patient’s physicians.
Wellness in the New Year
Chinese Medicine has very subtle diagnostics for assessing health. The color and coat of your tongue, the quality of the pulse in different positions, the health of your digestion and the quality of your sleep. All this and more ads up to create a physical and energetic picture that gives clues to your constitutional strengths and weaknesses. Chinese medicine works to keep everything in balance together to get you well and keep you there.
If you’re making resolutions about your health in the new year, consider adding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine into your plan to help you achieve and maintain optimal wellness. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain, recovery from an acute illness or surgery, or just trying to stay at peak performance for your sport, I’ve got a plan that will work.
The frequency and duration of treatment are unique for every person, but an average course of treatment is once a week for 4-6 weeks to start and then we reassess. For general health maintenance I always recommend treatment once a month along with considering herbs and supplements for health and wellness, such as those in my All Ways Wellness program.
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Wishing you Health and Wellness in the New Year!
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.