Volumes have been written about health, however a simple change like eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away might be just what your body needs to maintain good health. Notice there is no saying that says drink five cokes a day plus eat a chocolate cake to get that sugar rush to invest in your health! It should say WARNING you want diabetes, clogged arteries, and tracking toward a good heart attack… then be my guest and eat fructose sugars and make the hospitals and doctors happy to treat your self inflicted diseases and line their pockets.
What is the definition of health? Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a persons’ mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain. (as in “good health” or “healthy“)
There are many choices when it comes to health in our modern world.Most westerners simply go to the doctor as if its a car repair clinic which it definitely is not come out with a bag full of prescriptions and hope for the best. Many others are using some of the old Chinese methods and practices of India to utilize a more natural approach to healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. In the United States, people use TCM primarily as a complementary health approach. This outline provides a general overview of TCM .
Are these methods safe?
- Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects.
- Tai chi and qi gong, two mind and body practices used in TCM, are generally safe.
- Most Chinese herbal products are safe however like anything else there have been reports of Chinese herbal products being contaminated with drugs, toxins, or heavy metals or not containing the listed ingredients. Is best to check with your herbal doctor.
TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeuticmassage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. Traditional systems of medicine also exist in other East and South Asian countries, including Japan (where the traditional herbal medicine is called Kampo) and Korea. Some of these systems have been influenced by TCM and are similar to it in some ways, but each has developed distinctive features of its own.
So there you have it! If you are feeling sick, use a saltwater gargle three times a day, eat steaming bowls of homemade chicken soup, drink tonic of lemon juice and honey and get plenty of rest or go to the doctors and pharmacy and pop plenty of antibiotics (which your system is immune to anyway) and see what happens. As a final note you could also seek out a naturalist who may just have the natural herb to cure what ails you!
Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.
QUOTE:The best six doctors anywhere… And no one can deny it: Are sunshine, water, rest, and air Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing…Your mind they’ll ease. Your will they’ll mend…And charge you not a shilling. ~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:This will really make your skin crawl: Every square inch of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, but fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your health not your wealth!
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You are what you eat and you are what they eat…choose wisely grasshopper and we can all have a long healthy life.
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