"I would really love to receive treatments once a week for the rest of my life," I ask, what is preventing you?, She replies, "too expensive."
I have heard this reply too ofen in my clinical practice. I am conscious of the concerns and certain limitations preventing us from living free of pain and dis-ease. I recognize the relevance and importance of preventative therapy and I am initiating a new program making acupuncture affordable and accessible.
"The sages of antiquity did not treat those who were already sick, but those who were not sick... When a disease has already broken out and is only then treated, would that not be just as late as to wait for thirst before digging a well, or to wait to go into battle before casting weapons?" (Nei Jing)
These words, from a classic Chinese Medical text written 4601 years ago, express the primary importance of Preventive Medicine. They are proof positive that Chinese Medicine has long valued Preventive Medicine above emergency disease intervention.
Historically in China, each village was under the care of one doctor. In return, they took care of him (fed him, clothed him, etc.). What's so different about this from the exchange that goes on in modern healthcare? The traditional Chinese doctor's job was to keep the village from getting sick in the first place. Once people got sick, they were unable to support the doctor. It made more sense for him to keep them well than to wait until they were sick.
The most prestigious position for a Chinese doctor was to become the Emperor's personal physician. However, if the Emperor got sick, the doctor could end up executed. The best physician in China was blessed and cursed; for him, preventive medicine was a matter of life and death!
Traditional Chinese doctors were rewarded for preventing disease, and punished for allowing their patients to get sick.
Living preventive health doesn't sound like much fun. You don't live fast and hard. You might not get to eat all the rich, greasy, or sweet foods you want. You might have to give up coffee and alcohol. You might have to choose a job that doesn't pay as much so that you have more time to relax, to enjoy, to nurture yourself and your friends and family. You might not get the vacation in Tahiti. You might not need it. You might choose to move to Tahiti instead.
Preventive medicine calls us to re-examine every aspect of our lives, our choices, our values, and our plans.
It's clear that, as challenging as it may be to live healthy, Americans are sick of being sick. They want more life, more happiness, and more health. They want solutions. Practical ones. The kind of solutions that two-thirds of the world's population has already gotten from Chinese Medicine. As more and more qualified practitioners flood a starving American healthcare market, Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and chinese herbs) will play a huge part in that solution.
Mingmen Acupuncture & Wellness Center Preventative Health Program
- Invitation to the first 5 interested. That is all I can accomodate at the present time.
- One treatment per week for the next twelve months.
- $45 per treatment. Nearly 30% off of our regular price.
Source: Brian Benjamin Carter