The sages knew how to live in harmony with nature. They lived to be 100 years old but their bodies never declined and they seemed to be as if they were only 50 years old.
~The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic or Huang Di Nei Jing (written between 475BCE and 220CE)
Seems simple, yes? Yet the rhythms of a modern world may not encourage us to pay attention to how our body feels and what our spirit is saying. I have a diverse practice as a Chinese medical doctor and acupuncturist, treating conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, skin conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis and muscle pain. I’m also deepening a focus on helping couples have babies with the best possible pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. The same circumstances that lead to fertility also lead to healthy lives for any human being.
The basic wisdom of harmonizing the self with nature include:
Live according to nature’s rhythms – be active or rest according to diurnal, monthly and seasonal time rhythms. In spring/summer, move your body and be active with the daylight. Get outside as much as possible. Try a gentle cleanse protocol.
- Cut out the middleman and eat primarily from earth’s bounty. Keep it mainly plant-based and, if you aren’t vegan/vegetarian, add some animal meats, eat good fats and avoid anything processed or chemical-laden or fast. Shopping at the farmer’s market or starting a garden is a great way to accomplish this.
- “Sleep 8 hours a night” is a Chinese medical axiom. Every 2 hours our body repairs a different physiological system until the last 2 hours deposits life force for overall replenishment. If you regularly wake after a certain amount of sleep, you may have stagnation in one of the organ systems and eventually wear yourself down.
- Work (or exercise) as the sun is rising, and start resting and relaxing as the sun is waning. Americans work far too much for good health and don’t know how to rest well.
- Decrease stress & increase coping mechanisms to support happiness and fulfillment. Play is highly underestimated. People of all ages should play often.
If any of these primary points are out of balance, my colleagues at High Desert and I can offer tools and treatments to help increase the balance and harmony that supports a vital life.
Pamela Gregg Flax, DOM
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