Five Simple Steps To Enduring Health According To Traditional Chinese Medicine
If you are anything like us, you value feeling good because it means you get to do all the fun things you want to do. While that could be scaling mountains, a morning surf, or simply hiking with your dog, you don’t want anything to get in the way of your way of living. That means that taking care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health is non-negotiable. Jennifer Seine -- co-founder of Leucadia, California’s Indigo Dragon Wellness Center -- knows better than most just how important this is. As a renowned acupuncturist, herbologist and cleanse expert she dedicates her life to promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping her patients achieve it.
We checked in with Jennifer to see what she believes are the most important things you can do for your health from a TCM perspective. Some just might surprise you…
1 ) START YOUR DAY RIGHT
2 ) ACUPUNCTURE
Your body gives early warning signs of disease long before the disease process starts. The beauty of Chinese Medicine is in the way a highly trained acupuncturist can identify these early warning signs. A licensed acupuncturist takes these into account and can help you address them before any health crisis has the opportunity to hit. Having an acupuncturist that you see on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for yourself. They can help with stress management, hormonal balancing, weight loss, digestive problems, body pain and so much more.
3) KNOW YOUR JING
In Chinese Medicine, Jing is your essence. But you've only got so much Jing… It is what is passed onto you at the time of conception. The health, the age and the Jing of your parents mixes at the moment of conception and plays a vital role in how much Jing you will have throughout life. Jing determines aspects like strong teeth and bones, hair quality, and vitality. Bone broth is one of the few "superfoods" that deeply nourishes your Jing. Steeped from the marrow of animal bones, it's packed with minerals and vitamins. If you take every opportunity to regenerate throughout your day, your week, and your year, you will be working towards a long life with plenty of Jing.
4 ) LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE
At Indigo Dragon Academy we are all about teaching that balanced food is medicine. In my 17 years of practice I have seen many people with serious health problems. The people that I have seen truly cure themselves of things like high blood pressure, migraines, allergies, and digestive problems are the ones that use food as medicine. One example of how the right approach to eating can improve your health is that eating warm foods versus cold foods keeps your digestive fire burning. Soups are such a powerful way to deliver the medicinal aspects of food. Using bone broth as a base and then adding organic vegetables and meats creates food that is full of medicine.
5 ) WIND YOUR DAY DOWN WITH INTENTION
We are often so tired in the evenings that we just crash into bed at the end of the day. But by simply taking a few minutes to reflect on your day, you can learn a lot about yourself and set intentions for the next day. Ask yourself, "What were the highlights and lowlights of my day?" Be thankful and reflect on the highlights of the day. If you look at the lowlights with compassion and understanding you will set your brain up for a night of restful sleep. And remember, tomorrow is always a fresh opportunity to embrace an even healthier version of you!