Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda by Bridgette Shea

Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda by Bridgette Shea

Author:Bridgette Shea
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Holistic Health
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Published: 2018-01-16T16:00:00+00:00

8

Prevention and Maintenance

We’ve all heard the saying, “the best offense is a good defense,” and this is certainly the case where health and wellness are concerned. It is always better not to get sick or too far out of balance in the first place. Once the balance is off severely enough or long enough, it is difficult or even impossible to reverse. Asian medicines recognize that there are diseases that are easily treated, those that take time and management to resolve, and those that are irreversible.

If you haven’t already, now may be a good time to take the constitution quiz in chapter 4 and reread the sections on the elements and the doshas. By having that information fresh and keeping yourself in mind, you can read through the rest of this section, particularly the parts about daily routine and diet, and be able to more easily use the information for your own well-being.

Sometimes people think alternative medicine can offer miracle cures. This may on rare occasions be the case, as it can be in Western medicine, but it is important to note that Ayurveda and Chinese medicine are still medical systems that operate within the realm of nature just like allopathic biomedicine. This is why it is so important for us to understand our natural tendencies and how to manage them best to stay well. Another thing to consider is if you feel you suffer from any of the six pernicious influences. If so, know that like increases like, and that any change in weather, climate, or season will positively or adversely affect you based upon which influence(s) is the strongest. For example, if you regularly suffer from dryness and live someplace with forced-air heat, then you know winter will be aggravating to you, so you should get a good humidifier. Another example would be if you suffer from dampness and you live in a wet climate like Seattle. You will then be more susceptible to the effects of the damp weather there and will need to take steps to keep yourself warm and dry.

There are so many little adjustments we can make to improve our quality of life and well-being. Many are outlined in this chapter. Some take a little knowledge, like that provided in the morning and evening routine sections; others take getting yourself to a practitioner. Whatever you resonate with most is a great place to start. I recommend effecting change at a doable pace. Recently, many wonderful studies on habits have come to light. It turns out that if you start by changing one tiny thing, the rest of your life will start to shift and change for the better will naturally happen in other areas. So take it easy. If you try to do too much at once, it may not stick. As the salesman told me when I left the showroom with my new Vespa, “Slow and steady wins the race.” I recommend that you choose an area that resonates with you and shift one thing.



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