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Integrative Health simply means the intelligent combining of both Western and Eastern healing practices, therapies, and health protocols. It integrates “the best of both worlds.” Western medicine, while very powerful, is drug-driven. It places too little emphasis on prevention. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, is based on prevention. It restores the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and addresses root causes rather than mere symptoms.

Integrative Health

In observing the traditional Chinese medicine practice over the many years I have witnessed the power of Integrative Medicine. Working both independently and in partnership with doctors, therapists, and caregivers, I have seen the use of skills in Tui Na, Qigong, and Tai Chi to help hundreds of people enhance, restore and reclaim their health.

Three remarkable healing stories

One happy success was Janet, a 47-year-old woman with a range of serious health and mobility problems. At the time she was started her consultation, she weighed 350 pounds, had a standing blood pressure of 180/100, and was in grave danger of having a stroke or heart attack. Her doctors had found scarring on her heart and said she would need surgery. Janet also couldn’t tolerate blood pressure drugs and was seeking a way to get better.

Janet and her therapist worked together for three years. She was taught Tai Chi, Qigong, and had Tui Na performed on her as she modified her diet and lifestyle. She lost 135 pounds, her blood pressure came down to a normal 120/80, and the scarring on her heart disappeared. Her doctors were amazed by her progress. Her cardiologist told her that she had “the heart of a 25-year-old.” Today, Janet lives a normal life, filled with a new energy and optimism, and enjoys her grandchildren.

Another remarkable success was Mike, who came to be consulted about his pancreatitis. Mike had had a number of attacks which resulted in hospital stays. His physician told him that his pancreatic duct was blocked and he was prescribed morphine for pain. He made dietary changes, and received Tui Na and learned Qigong. Within a few months, his swollen pancreas was restored to normal size and the blockage was eliminated.

Chinese medicine restores the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

A third success was Sara, who started her treatment after she had been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than five years. She was treated with Tui Na to help loosen up her limbs and get her blood and energy flowing normally. She was also trained in Qigong to help her relax and gain strength in her body. Now her MS symptoms have almost completely abated. She is a stronger and more relaxed person. She says that she feels in control of her life and is now sharing Chi Kung with students in her hometown.

Measurable success

Many cases like these can be measured and many other research results have been published in medical and science journals. A good place to read up for yourself would be The Journal of Chinese Medicine and the British Acupuncture Council.

 

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