‘What we eat and what our body absorbs may actually be a two-way street that affects our physical health and also our mental health. Perhaps you can’t expect to eat poorly, and not experience anxiety and depression, as well as stress.’
I love exploring the synergies between Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine because they really do complement each other. Sometimes there is a tendency to see them as opposing one another, but that is not the way it should be.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge and learning new techniques like Japanese acupuncture, which can give more flexibility in my treatments. Unlike cars and computers, the human body and mind are marvellously individual, complex, and fascinating. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner I love engaging with my clients as we work together to modify their diet, lifestyle, and manage some of their pain, stress and “dis-ease”. There seems to be no end to the discoveries we make about how all our different systems work together. That is why just treating a single symptom may not be the ideal solution.
One might like to consider that the increasing levels of anxiety and depression we are seeing in society aren’t just a result of our stressful, busy lifestyles, but may also have something to do with the foods we are eating. We need to look at our minds and bodies (and our lifestyle) as part of a single holistic being, and treat our whole person with care and respect.