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A Picture of Health

Good health is a gift that many of us take for granted until it’s lost. But how exactly would you describe good health? Many doctors would say that being healthy is the absence of disease. This may be good enough if you’re applying for life insurance, but what if you don’t sleep at night or can’t get down and back up off the floor to stretch or do a sit-up? Certainly in Chinese medicine, health is much more than simply not being sick. To an acupuncturist, symptoms such as retaining water, constantly feeling cold, or having a bitter taste in your mouth are signs that something in your body is out of balance. Based on Chinese medicine, experience, and common sense, here’s a list of some elements of good health: Being Free From Pain There are many people who are seemingly healthy except that they struggle with some kind of pain—chronic …

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