TCM Helps You To Build A Stronger Body System Resilient To Disease.
TCM looks at the whole human body, while aiming to improve your overall health through a holistic approach. It emphasizes on prevention and restoring balance, rather than simply treating the symptom of a much deeper underlying health problem.
Here’s a quote from the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, or “Huang Di Nei Jing” regarding this approach:
“To administer medicines to diseases which have already developed and to suppress revolts which have already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?”
TCM believes that each individual organ is connected to each other through a “network of channels” and blood vessels. “Qi” sends signals throughout your body through these pathways, and a disruption in this communication between your organs can often cause bodily issues to arise.
Through various methods of diagnosis and botanical herbal treatments, TCM aims to restore proper balance to your entire body system.
Strictly using numbers and data to determine effectiveness in modern pharmaceuticals definitely has its benefits. However, these methods often overlook the fact that the subject of such experiments is usually a living, breathing human being.
Human beings are extremely complex creatures that cannot be understood solely through quantitative means. This is why bringing in the empirical, holistic approach of TCM, and combining it with scientific and experimental-based research, can help you reap the benefits from both ends of the spectrum.
How Much Is Your Health Worth?
According to the Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Canadians suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) spend on average $4,731 per year on medication and hospitalization bills. The cost of caring for patients in Canada with IBS is estimated to be $1.28 Billion in 2018.
Here’s the consensus: It is more cost-effective to invest in your health now, than to spend thousands of dollars trying to fix your health problems down the line.
Sure, health foods can be more expensive than unhealthy foods, but how much do you truly value your body? On top of that, spending a few more dollars now on higher-quality options, such as organic and ethically-sourced foods, can save you even more money in the long run.
You are quite literally investing in your own body, and reaping all the immediate benefits at the same time! In other words, not only do you save money in the future, you get to enjoy the amazing benefits of good health right now.
With improved focus, boosted mood, slimmer waist lines, and added energy, there is virtually no downside to choosing the right foods for your body.
As Hippocrates, a famous Greek Physician, once said:
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”
Or should I say, as some guy from the 1920’s said. Because surprise, Hippocrates didn’t actually say that.
Either way, Hippocrates, the author of “Hippocratic Corpus” who is credited to inspiring Chinese bone setting practices later integrated into TCM, was truly an advocate on the importance of nutrition in health. Something that we can all get on board about.
So, here you have it. These are just a few of the reasons why integrating TCM with modern innovations into your health regimen can help you achieve optimal health.