Why Root-Cause Medicine Is So Important

Instead of asking, ‘what drug matches up with my symptom? Have you ever asked yourself “Why I have this problem in the first place?” Or even, have you been told that all your tests check out and that you are fine – but you still didn’t feel well? 

If you are in good health, you should not have symptoms. Symptoms are your body telling you that something is not right, and things are not working as they should. 

Let me give you a cleared idea: If there was a fire in your home and the fire alarm was screaming, would you deal with the loud, disturbing noise by just removing the batteries from the alarm? Of course not! You would find the cause of the fire and put it out. But what we are doing today with our health is like to just taking the batteries out. Root cause medicine is about finding the fire. Symptoms are the body’s alarm system telling us that something is not right, and it is our job, as physicians, to try and figure this out and help the body heal. 

Helping patients understand the root cause of their disease is the first step. We need to help patients implement the changes necessary to reverse their condition. All of this comes through personalized nutrition, health coaching, hand individualized care. Each person has their own needs, challenges, and preferences.

By working as an acupuncturist, I can employ Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of my treatment modality based on these principles: 

❤️ We look at how well your organs are functioning (doing their job).

Your health is like a ‘tree’ with your symptoms being the ‘branches’ – it’s what you see and feel. But what’s causing health problems is often in the ‘roots’ – your organ health as the root cause. Chinese medicine treats both the symptoms (the branch) and the root cause (the roots) of health issues. If the root cause can be resolved, the symptoms will reduce or may go away entirely.

❤️ What you eat has an enormous effect on your health.

In Chinese medicine, we focus on advising about foods that will help your organ health rather than hinder it. Specific organs like and dislike particular foods.

❤️ Like any engine, if your body runs too hot or too cold, it won’t run very well.

We look at your temperatures and their effect on your digestion, hormone production, and organ health.

❤️ You were born with a natural self-healing ability, although it often seems to not working properly until we are trained or educated on how to use it.

In my conclusion, Conventional, modern medicine is fabulous for acute, life-threatening ailments, and there is no comparison for its use in these situations. However, for chronic, non-acute illnesses, root cause medicine is the logical approach to the disease. 

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

 ~Thomas Edison 1847-1931~

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