If you're like most people, you may not think about your health until you are feeling sick or out of balance. Maybe you're too busy keeping up with life's daily responsibilities, or perhaps your focus is on caring for others. One of the best investments you can make is in your own well-being. Rest assured, this investment will give you plenty of positive return and will generously reward you with better health, vitality and peace of mind.
Making your health a priority is important— even when you don't have specific symptoms. In fact, preventive care is one of the simplest ways to take charge of your health. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a natural and effective approach to preventive treatment, known as wellness care. Wellness care can boost your energy, help you become more in tune with your body, and even keep minor issues from becoming major problems. Wellness care is an integral part of a truly healthy lifestyle.
What is Health?
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” — World Health Organization (WHO)
True health is more than just not feeling sick. It means that you are functioning at your highest possible level. Your body is in harmony, your mind is alert, and your spirit is calm. You have the energy you need to get the most out of life. Each aspect of your whole self is strong and balanced.
Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body, approach to healing. This means that they consider how the body, mind and spirit all work together, and believe that a state of health or wellness must involve the whole self. Regular acupuncture treatments can help you achieve and maintain this level of wellness.
Just as your car needs a seasonal tune-up to perform at its best, you need regularly scheduled acupuncture care for optimal health. With regular treatments, your acupuncturist may be able to detect and resolve any imbalances or disruptions in the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee")—before you start feeling symptoms. After all, you wouldn't wait for your teeth to decay before visiting a dentist—why wait for symptoms to occur before seeing your acupuncturist?
Wellness care is a great way to take a proactive approach to your health. In working with your acupuncturist, you may discover factors that could be affecting your health, including your lifestyle and emotional and mental states. Use your regular visits to discuss how exercise, nutrition, supplements, meditation or other lifestyle changes can help you. By incorporating acupuncture into your life, you 'Il be taking an active role in caring for your whole self.
Planning for a Healthy Future
Taking the time for wellness care doesn't just result in better health today—it can affect your future. Think ahead 10 years. How do you want to feel? What about 20 years from now? Now imagine yourself in your twilight years, enjoying the wisdom you've learned—and the vitality and health you've worked to achieve.
The decisions you make now will have a direct impact on your future. So make the choice to invest in your body, mind and spirit with wellness care. With the help of acupuncture and TCM, you'll be on your way to a healthier tomorrow.