A Preventative Approach With Traditional Chinese Medicine
Updated: Apr 13
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years. It is based on the belief that the body's natural balance can be maintained through the use of acupuncture, herbal therapy, and other modalities.
TCM takes a holistic approach to health and aims to contribute towards your body's overall health and well-being beyond simply the absence of disease. In this article, we will explore the role of TCM for providing a preventative approach to Health.
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Prevention vs. Reacting
Prevention vs. Reacting
So, what are the benefits of a preventative approach versus a reactive one?
Healthcare can sometimes be perceived as only taking short-term responsive action to treat an illness, disease, or injury. We often this approach with conventional Western medicine where the treatment takes place after the illness or disease has already occurred. While reactive treatments are a major part of medicine, there are also practitioners who place an emphasis on helping patients prevent illness and disease.
TCM is a form of medicine that focuses on prevention. It is about maintaining the body's natural balance and preventing illness before it occurs. This is achieved through a variety of methods, including the use of acupuncture, herbal therapy, and other TCM modalities.
There are several key advantages to prevention. Prevention can help you feel your best on a daily basis, giving you more energy, vitality, and overall well-being. In addition, by taking proactive measures to maintain the body's natural balance and prevent illness before it occurs, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and discomfort in the long run. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preventable chronic diseases account for 70% of annual deaths (such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer). These are some of the most common health problems, yet many of these chronic diseases are easily preventable, as they arise from poor diet, lifestyle choices, and inadequate physical activity.
Traditional Chinese Medicine For Boosting Immunity
A significant benefit of TCM for building immunity and preventing illness is that it brings a natural and holistic approach to health and well-being. Unlike Western medicine, which often relies on pharmaceuticals and other interventions that can have negative side effects, TCM uses methods such as acupuncture and herbal therapy to support the body's natural healing processes.
Whether you are looking to prevent illness before it occurs or simply want to feel your best on a daily basis, TCM can be an effective way to support and enhance your overall health and well-being. Here are some TCM modalities that you can employ:
Acupuncture, this modality involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. It helps to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and promote overall health and well-being. Acupuncture, has also been shown to improve immune function and reduce inflammation in the body.
Herbal therapy, this modality involves the use of plant-based remedies to support the body's natural healing processes and boost the immune system. Interestingly, Chinese herbology is one of the world's most comprehensive and oldest forms of traditional medical therapy with over 5,767 herbs recorded in the materia medica (TCM medicinal substances book).
Whether you choose acupuncture, herbal therapy, or another TCM modality, you can trust that you are taking a proactive, natural approach to maintaining your health and well-being.
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