Do you have symptoms that come and go? Or, do you have lingering symptoms that never get any better no matter what you try?
Whatever the case may be, when it comes to your health, most of us are missing something crucial. There is ALWAYS a reason why symptoms either linger or don’t go away completely. That said, we will now quickly explore how to create optimal health forever.
There are three vital parts of optimal health. More commonly, the majority of people are stuck in the first phase. This first phase is what we call the symptom stage.
In this stage, symptoms are front and center. In order to achieve optimal health, we need to – for a moment – look past all your symptoms.
Here is the reason we need to look past your symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s way of communicating that something is malfunctioning and needs to be checked. If nobody ever finds why you are experiencing a symptom, then more often than not, you will be stuck in this viscous symptom cycle forever.
However, in order to find what’s malfunctioning, there must be a comprehensive exam to see what going on. For instance, there are many barriers to healing, but the three most common types are as follows: biochemical, hormonal and structural.
Having said that, in our exam, we are looking for something called functional illness. This should not be mistaken with a medical disease such as a western diagnosis.
Instead, we are looking at how the organs and other body systems are functioning. Again, function is the key word here rather than a disease. Once we come up with a functional diagnosis, then we can plan a way to effectively correct the problem – once and for all. This is where all the magic happens.
At this stage, this is called the corrective care phase. This is when various treatment protocols are employed to ensure the body can begin to self-regulate.
Once the symptoms are down, body systems sustained and progress is maintained, the last phase is called the maintenance phase. At this point, the body – for the most part – has been corrected. The organs and systems of the body are working more efficiently and we are maintaining what we just corrected.
In a nutshell, those are the three essential steps to successfully reach optimal health and eliminate chronic symptoms. Without following all three steps properly, the body will return back into phase one – the symptom stage.
Christopher Maslowski, L.Ac., Associate Acupuncturist, SOPHIA Natural Health Center