Herbal Medicine & Dietary Counseling
Providing Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine & Nutritional Counseling
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
While traditional medicine often focuses on synthetic drugs for treating ailments, a more holistic approach focuses on utilizing what the earth has given us. Also unlike modern medicine, holistic medical practices focus on preventative measures to ensure ongoing health. For the treatment of health issues, and for the prevention of future health issues, herbal medicine and dietary counseling can offer solutions that modern medicine simply cannot.
What is Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Before chemicals were combined in labs to make pills for patients to swallow and shots to be administered by a doctor, there was herbal medicine. Actually, the use of herbal medicine dates back thousands of years, and spans a variety of different cultures around the world. Through gathering of different plants, our ancestors were able to decipher which plants were helpful, and what these plants could be used to treat.
In modern times, herbal medicine has been made more readily available. Where before a person may have had to forage for medical herbs and plants for days, nowadays people can simply go to a holistic store or practice to receive the herbal treatment for their ailments. Also, because of international trade, people now have access to herbs and plants that their ancestors did not.
Due to the various benefits of herbal medicine and an increased interest in natural treatments, healing herbs are now easier to find than they ever have been.
Nutrition is the cornerstone of health. While many people rely on medicine to treat issues, they are actually treating the symptoms of those health problems. Instead, by treating the underlying issues, patients are able to improve their overall health, feel more energized, improve their chi and even lose weight. Sadly, most people don’t know what to eat, and how to properly balance their nutrition.
Processed “health” foods, fast food and other processed foods have become extremely prevalent—leading many people to make poor dietary decisions. On top of bad food being everywhere, myths about eating healthy have also spread. Food companies have pushed unhealthy foods as being “healthy,” which has caused massive damage to the health of people all over the world.
Chinese dietary therapy and nutrition counseling helps patients to better understand what they are eating that is causing them to become unhealthy, and put them on the right track by encouraging patients to eat healthy, natural foods.
On top of this, Chinese dietary therapists use “four pillar” of diagnosis that help them to figure out just what is wrong with the nutrition of their patients, so they can make the right improvements to their diet.
There are a variety of questions that a Chinese dietary therapist will ask to discover what the sources of the dietary issues are. These questions are very detailed, and require complete honesty to get a proper diagnosis.
Chinese dietary therapists will have a look at their patients from a variety of angles, to better see what the problems are. This may include studying the ears, eyes, tongue and complexion of the patient.
As odd as it sounds, poor nutrition can affect the timbre of the voice, how well a patient breathes and more. Also, people with a poor diet may have a bad smell to their breath.
This includes checking the pulse, temperature of the patient and tenderness in certain areas. This also includes checking for a warm core and cold feet.
Once the dietary therapist has a better understanding of the symptoms that a patient is showing, they can begin working on putting together a health plan that will help to not only clear up these symptoms, but stop them from coming back.
It is extremely important to follow the advice given fully for results. Half measures won’t provide the level of results that you are looking for.
An Alternative To Drugs
While the approach of modern medicine these days is to prescribe drugs for just about everything, a traditional Chinese medicine approach involves making changes to the diet to address core issues, improving the flow of chi and using natural medication to treat symptoms.
This combination of treating symptoms in a healthy way and addressing the core issues that are causing the illness in the first place allows for long-lasting treatment that helps to heal a patient, instead of just putting a bandage on the issue every time it gets worse.
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Sunae Son, L.Ac, M.S.O.M. has spent much of her life exploring and researching western and eastern medicines, combining these practices over a decade of field and laboratory studies into mindful patient care in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.