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The Nature of Health and Illness

Have you ever wondered what causes illness and ailments to our body?

Michael Buyze, the Acupuncturist of East Wind Acupuncture LLC, offers some insight on the nature of health and illness…

All human ailments are the direct or indirect result of some combination of trauma, stress and toxins.

Trauma can be the result of a significant injury or the cumulative effect of repeated minor injuries. In either case the flow of vital substances including qi (the energy within the body) and blood, is disrupted and the tissue fails to function as it should. This can result in muscles, organs and/or systems failing to function as they normally should.

According to Traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating acupuncture points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi

Stress is a normal response which is designed to protect us by giving us an instant surge of energy to fight or flee from a threat. In today’s society, we tend to have excessive amounts of stress without relief, which can cause an over production and subsequent depletion of cortisol, as well as other vital substances. Again, the result can be decrease in function of tissues, muscles, organs, and other bodily systems. Most frequently, this decreased function can result in any combination of headaches, fatigue, sinus problems, digestive problems, irritability, sleep disturbance or pain.

Toxins are very prevalent in our environment and everyday lives. They can enter our body through our skin, respiratory system, or digestive system, which again, can have a negative effect on our tissues, muscles, organs and other bodily systems.

Alone or in combination, trauma, stress, and toxins can decrease function, and results in a state of ill health.

All disease states are recognized as diseases due to the absence of normal function; the restoration of function then is the achievement of health. To improve health, one needs to limit the introduction of new trauma, stress, and toxins; as well as correct for the previous trauma, stress and toxins still affecting the body.

Guest Post by Michael Buyze owner/acupuncturist of East Wind Acupuncture LLC in Appleton, WI. Michael graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 1998, receiving a Master of Science in Oreiental Medicine, as well as an Acupuncture Certification. Michael founded his own private practice, East Wind Acupuncture in 1998, and now continually practices acupuncture for many people in the Fox Valley. For those who don’t know, acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. If you want to learn more about Michael and East Wind, check out his website or blog! You can also join us for our “Stress Talk” with Michael here at Natural Healthy Concepts on December 5, 2012 at 5:30!