Integrative medicine is personalized medicine. When physicians use the functional approach to make a diagnosis, they trace the patient’s own timeline to find clues as to why an individual may have a certain condition.
This is in contrast to when physicians advise treatments only because large studies concluded that a certain medication works.
This “tapestry” needs to understood not only by the physician, but also by the person so that they can understand how all the threads weave into one other and contribute to a specific condition.
Many medical conditions like hypertension have a strong lifestyle component which contributes to the disease. Each of us therefore needs to recognize how our lifestyle tendencies are shaped.
My belief is that our anxieties result from not understanding what has shaped the parts of our lives we want to change.
How to “Crack your Code”?
Reflect on the thoughts you think and where they originate. Were they present when you were growing up? Usually they are. Are those thoughts about how you view yourself the thoughts you really want?
How are you feeling physically? Tired? Energetic? Look at your usual daily diet. Is it mostly carbohydrates? Protein? Fats? Not sure? Do you sleep enough and do you know why if you don’t? Do you exercise?
Are you doing things in your life that energize you spiritually? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Self-reflection needs to be done so that you can realize where you are and then figure out where you want to go.
Back to our hypertension example: physicians give drugs to correct blood pressure for hypertension (and blood glucose for diabetes) but the underlying threads of nutrition (physical component), thoughts (mind component) and happiness (spirit component) can also improve the physical signs. Think of your blood pressure and sugar as gauges in your car; they merely give you information and signs.
Understanding what these signs signify in your body, mind and spirit is key to cracking your code.
In my next blog, I will discuss some tools you can use. Please send me a message of how useful this was to you.