Prevention is better than cure

One of the biggest strengths of oriental medicine is its ability to link symptoms and with the past, present, and future. Oriental medicine places emphasis on the patient’s physical constitution. These findings determine how you are actually treated individually and also influence the kind of advice you will receive regarding lifestyle habits. As an example, facial features can give us a good clue as to your constitution type. A person with very thin lips, small eyes, and pale complexion could be prone to digestive problems/ allergies/ gynecological problems / cold extremities and have issues with energy levels or frequent occurrence of sports-related injuries ( due to overwork ).

We can’t change a person’s physical constitution **but we can advise how this person can better manage their health. Generally speaking, nothing is really “bad” since other person’s poison is another’s elixir. Oriental medicine treats the underlying weakness of the person which strengthens the deficiency making you more resilient and better equipped to deal with  “bad” stuff. People who have attended our clinic have said they feel thier general health is beter. Some also notice that their relationships improve and family life becomes more harmonious.

**Knowing your constitution type is very useful. You can easily adjust your lifestyle if you are feeling unwell! Any small adjustment that you make is a preventive measure. It is ultimately your choice as to whether you choose to visit our clinic or indeed follow a healthy lifestyle. However, please bear in mind that a small step in the right direction accumulated over time will yield positive health benefits. We can equally say that accumulated small steps in the wrong direction over time will also lead to bad health and negative life choices. Positive health and life practics in Oriental Medicine are known as 養 生 ( Yousei jpn. ) which means ” nourishing life” and also includes practices like Tai Chi and Qi Gong and of course acupuncture, moxubustion and classic Chinese herbal formulas.

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

Read more: A Word or Two from Zhang Zongjing

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