One of the greatest strengths of traditional Oriental medicine lies in its profound ability to connect present symptoms with past experiences and future well-being. Central to this practice is the profound focus on understanding a patient’s unique physical constitution. These invaluable insights not only shape individualized treatment approaches but also guide the counsel provided regarding lifestyle choices. Take, for instance, the fascinating interplay of facial features that offers a window into one’s constitution.
For instance, a person with delicate lips, petite eyes, and a fair complexion may be predisposed to a range of health concerns, such as digestive issues, allergies, gynaecological challenges, cold extremities, and fluctuations in energy levels. Additionally, their susceptibility to frequent sports-related injuries may be attributed to their innate tendency to overexert themselves.
It’s important to recognize that we cannot fundamentally alter a person’s physical constitution. Nevertheless, we can offer invaluable guidance on how individuals can effectively manage their health within the confines of their unique constitution. In this realm, there is no such thing as an inherently “bad” constitution, as what may be detrimental to one individual could be a source of vitality for another. Traditional Oriental medicine’s approach centres on addressing underlying weaknesses, bolstering deficiencies, and cultivating resilience, thereby empowering individuals to confront life’s challenges.
Patients who have graced our clinic with their presence often report not only improved general health but also enhanced relationships and greater familial harmony. A profound understanding of one’s constitution becomes a compass, enabling individuals to make informed lifestyle adjustments when they sense ailing health creeping in. Every small alteration becomes a proactive step toward well-being, a preventive measure in the ongoing narrative of one’s health.
Ultimately, the choice to visit our clinic or embark on a journey toward a healthier lifestyle is a personal one. However, it is vital to recognise that even the smallest strides in the right direction, when consistently taken over time, yield remarkable health benefits. Conversely, a series of small missteps can lead to poor health and adverse life choices. In the realm of traditional Oriental medicine, these positive health and life practices are encapsulated in the concept of “養 生” (Yousei in Japanese), meaning “nourishing life.” These practices encompass a wide spectrum, including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, acupuncture, moxibustion, and classical Chinese herbal formulas, all working together to harmonize and fortify the intricate tapestry of one’s well-being.
I am very thankful to Steven who helped me at different stages with big health issues. But the most I got out of his practice as acupuncture is that I have understood that it is a wonderful preventive medicine as well. Today I visit Steven for treatment regularly once every 6 weeks and I decided not to invest in private insurance. My health has never been better. Thank you, Steven, very much