What is preventive medicine, exactly?
Well, preventive medicine is exactly what it sounds like — it aims to prevent sickness before it happens, focuses on promoting and maintaining health and well-being.
You may be familiar with the saying “Prevention is better than cure…” – the idea that it is easier to stop a problem from happening than it is to fix the problem after it has happened.
Pretty simple right? After all, that’s why we have things like vaccinations, annual reminders for flu jabs, or even simple things that we take for granted like washing your hands helps to prevent disease spreading.
However, the opposite tends to be true. We all go through life caught up with our own schedules, habits and concerns, and when things go wrong, we get injured or we fall ill, we rely on others to help us recover. That’s when most people pay more attention to their health, in response to sickness or when receiving treatment for an existing problem or disease.
But what if we could avoid getting sick in the first place? That’s what preventive medicine is all about.
So how can acupuncture help in terms of preventing disease?
While many people turn to acupuncture almost as a last resort, it really has an important role to play in developing your resilience to disease and ensuring you have the best chance of maintaining a healthy, happy life. Regular acupuncture treatments, even when there are no obvious signs or symptoms, help maintain health when life is at its most demanding.
Traditionally, acupuncture is most concerned with restoring balance and equilibrium to your ‘qi’ or energy – but that basically means the goal is to help you function in the best way possible in body, mind and spirit.
One of the main strengths of acupuncture is that it recognises everyone is different, and emphasis is put on finding and treating the underlying issues unique to you, which can help boost your immunity, combat pain, improve focus and memory, increase energy etc. – all this helps to enhance your overall quality of life and help you cope with modern lifestyle issues like sleep or stress management
If you’d like to discuss how acupuncture can be improve your health and well-being, don’t hesitate to contact me.
So the question is this…would you rather be proactive and take control of your health, or wait till it’s too late before seeking help?