If you follow us on Facebook (and we hope you do!), you may have seen this recent pic that we posted:
This got us thinking. Sure, its catchy and if you’re here reading our blog, you probably already understand the depth of the divide that this image portrays. But what about everyone else, the so-called mainstream? How DID we as a collective whole get so far away from living healthfully in harmony with nature and end up here and now in a time when it truly is more accurate to call our approach to our health “sick care?”
Of course, it’s complicated. It has to do with money and big business and regulations, and people’s ever-increasing demand for convenience and instant gratification. It has to do with the pervasiveness of media, technology, and the drive we humans have to constantly reach for the next advance. These are not all bad, are they? Certainly not. Modern medicine is truly a marvel of achievement. What seems to be missing is balance.
Balance. That elusive, intangible thing (or is it a state-of-being?) that we are always striving for, or told we should be anyway. But the idea of balance was not always so abstract, and still isn’t in some precious places in the world today. “We,” the collective whole of humanity, have incorporated balance into the care of our health for tens of thousands of years.
According to The Center Institute for Research and Education in Integrative Medicine, “Native American medicine refers to the combined health practices of over 500 distinct nations that inhabited the Americas before the European arrival at the end of the fifteenth century. Specific practices varied among tribes, but all native medicine is based on the understanding that man is part of nature and health is a matter of balance.” (Read the rest of this fascinating article here.)
Chinese traditional medicine or healing practices are many and vary greatly, but according to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the key concepts that unite them include a belief that “the human body is a miniature version of the larger, surrounding universe”, and “the importance of the Five elements [found in nature!]—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—which symbolically represent all phenomena, including the stages of human life, and explain the functioning of the body and how it changes during disease.” (Read more about this here.)
Point to a world map with your eyes closed and more than likely, you’ll land on a place where the same can be found – a long, rich history of health care that is based on the idea of balance and harmony with nature.
To further illustrate the differences between true health care and what we call Modern Medicine – aka, Sick Care - check out this excellent chart from SciDev.net:
Thankfully, there are places your finger could land on that world map where these long-known truths about our well-being still matter and are being merged with the fantastic feats of our modern times.
At Pro Essentials, everything we do is based on our conviction that the wisdom of our past, and nature itself, should not be considered “alternative” or “complementary,” but are in fact the ultimate keys to advancement toward a better future for ourselves and for our planet.