Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing ~ Voltaire, author and philosopher, 1760
There are a few concerns being expressed about the practice of modern medicine today:
- It fixes a problem after you are ill. It does not know how to make you stay healthy and not get ill.
- The concept of treatment is to provide you with a “magic bullet” – to cure the symptoms but the root of the problem remains unresolved.
- Seeing the human body as a mechanical machine, the mantra of “cause and effect” confined itself to identifying about things physical – that can be seen or measured. Matters of the heart, mind and soul do not exist.
Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well being. It is health management without drugs. It aims to not only eliminate health problems but prevent them. Wellness implies and requires a person to be active, becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. It is a conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential.
Practical Approach to Wellness
There are many approaches to achieve wellness. The wise men of ancient India and China had been advocating wellness for thousands of years.
The earliest Indian medical system is the Ayurveda (meaning the complete knowledge of long life). Similarly there is TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in China. This knowledge and practices are still being practised today and have gained much acceptance and popularity worldwide.
TCM recognizes that true healing is a multidimensional process. It understands that the body, mind, spirit and emotions must all be addressed in the healing process. The mind and the emotions play a powerful role in promoting wellness or illness.
TCM is rooted on the concept of Qi (the vital life force) and restoration of Qi flow and balance. Qi circulates in the meridians throughout the body. Symptoms of various illnesses are products of disrupted, blocked, or unbalanced Qi flow. TCM seeks to relieve these blockage or imbalances by adjusting the circulation of Qi in the body using a variety of therapeutic techniques such as herbs, acupuncture, Qi gong, Tui na (massage), etc.
One of the main goals of TCM is to identify and treat the root cause of conditions so that the healing is genuine and the condition does not recur. If unbalanced or blocked Qi is left untreated serious health problems can result with time. On the other hand, good health is achieved when Qi is in good balance and flows well.
TCM also requires as part of the healing process that we learn about lifestyle choices and their impact on wellness – how and what we do each day, when and what we eat, and how and what we think and feel can all contributes to our state of wellness.