One of the reasons Eastern medicine resonated with me years ago was because my unique litany of symptoms was deemed important. Everything from the quality of my sleep to childhood asthma, menstrual cycle length to digestion... It was all relevant and made me distinctly different from someone else getting care with the same chief complaint.
My low energy and fatigue is most likely vastly different from the way someone else experiences it because we are two totally different people. This made sense to me years ago when I had my first acupuncture appointment and today in my humble opinion, it’s the way mainstream health care should be.
I’m not a fan of a “one size fits all approach” to wellness. When you realize that you need an approach to health care that’s based on bio-individuality it sets the stage for comprehensive strategizing around solutions to wellness challenges.
Think out of the box, ask the questions, consult past history, consider life style…. this is all so relevant to healing.
Otherwise, people are left feeling hopeless and extremely frustrated that the approach to wellness that their best friend/sister/auntie/co-worker took is not working for them. Folks give up and succumb to subpar health.
The term bio-individuality is the notion that we all have different nutrition, exercise, relationship, and life style needs. Makes sense right? This is the ancient premise that Eastern and traditional healing practices has taken for thousands of years but is just now becoming a wellness buzz word.
All this to say that one should have caution when taking on a specific diet plan or life plan for that matter, from someone else. What works for them may not work for you. The journey to wellness is one that promises to be ever evolving as life changes.
Here are a few things to remember about creating your own wellness plan:
Consider your life’s health history and how it has impacted where you are now
What works for someone else may not work for you
Sometimes (most of the time) trial and error is involved
Track and keep your own health data
Know that things will change over time
The idea of bio-individuality is a topic I discussed as a guest on a recent podcast episode. Kirstie Taylor of the Wellness Hustle Podcast created her platform with the intention of promoting a lifestyle based on determining your unique wellness needs and “hustling” for them.
In the episode, we talk about Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, chakras, my journey to becoming a holistic practitioner and more.
You can check it out here!
I hope this has been helpful for you!