It’s widely recognized that modern medicine focuses primarily on relieving disease symptoms. So it’s little wonder people think of health primarily in terms of fighting disease. Disease care is necessary, but it shouldn’t be called health care. It is time to shift the focus away from disease and focus instead on health.  

In our quest to do this, traditional systems of medicine, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine from India, can help us. Even the wisdom of traditional Western herbalism can come to our aid, because all traditional systems of medicine viewed health as the natural state of balance within the body. Disease was primarily seen as the result of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle that threw the body out of balance. 

Traditional medicine used metaphorical models, such as the western four elements (air, water, fire and earth) or the Chinese five elements (wood, fire, water, earth and metal) to describe these imbalances. Herbs, diet and lifestyle changes were recommended, not to treat the disease directly, but rather to bring the person back to a healthy balanced state. 

Because of this, two people suffering from the same disease could receive completely different treatments in traditional medicine. This seems strange to those steeped in the Western medical model, but it’s really easy to understand. The treatment isn’t aimed at fighting the disease; it’s aimed at correcting the underlying imbalances in the body that allowed the disease to occur. When these imbalances were corrected, the body did what it does naturally, it healed itself.

Contrast this with modern medicine, where a person may spend the rest of their life on medications to control high blood pressure or depression and one can start to see the wisdom in the traditional approach. It just requires us to unlearn our disease-care thinking and learn health-care thinking instead, which is the goal of this month's Sunshine Sharing Hour. 

We'll discuss the concept of biological terrain and how to balance it. We'll help  you understand why it's more effective, legally safer and more accurate to use a biological terrain model in selecting herbs for someone than an historical uses, disease-treatment approach. Don't miss this vitally important presentation. 


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