“Health is harmony; disease is a disturbance of harmony.”
Vanda Scaravelli. 1991. Awakening The Spine
Was there ever a time when life wasn’t stressful?
Clench your fists, hold and release. Did you breathe or did you hold your breath, relaxed or tense? Do you even have the time to take a breath or a pause, to listen or reflect?
Life is amazing but can be exhausting and the stresses of a modern successful life take their toll on physical and intellectual wellbeing. Mainstream medicine has enhanced our health and longevity beyond imagination, but quick-solution medicine may not solve the needs of the mind and body as one. There is a belief that many modern medicines may resolve one problem and create another elsewhere in the body.
“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.”
Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion.1687. Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Balance and harmony are fundamental; the needs of the body and mind together must be addressed for the best of health and the best of life.
I am a passionate advocate of alternative and complementary therapies as an integral part of modern medicine and modern life. Mainstream medicine benefits from evidence while complementary therapies frequently do not; it is easy then to assume that they are ineffective.
A great many would disagree.
Increasingly people are being drawn to complementary medicine because it works for them and offers positive changes for wellbeing, vitality and resilience. As a result strong evidence is emerging. Auricular acupuncture for example, directly stimulates the central nervous system and raises the neurotransmitter serotonin, mirroring the uplifting action of an antidepressant without any side effects. This is not a placebo response.
Herbal remedies for energy and mood, trigger point acupuncture for headaches and backache, hypnotherapy for sleep and confidence. Safe, gentle, in harmony with body and mind, and not as time consuming as you might think, complementary medicine reveals itself as the key to the lifestyle to which we aspire.
Dr Krishna Rawal
MBBS DRHC DRCOG MRCGP MDCH DipM