When I write about natural therapies it’s impossible to avoid talking about balance and that is because it is at the heart of what natural therapies do and why they work.
How do you stay in balance?
In theory, staying in balance is easy. You follow an active busy day with a restful nights sleep, you follow strenuous physical exercise or mental concentration with times of relaxation and fun, you counter hot spicy foods with a cooing drink, after experiencing anger you need to let go and relax.
The reality is that staying in balance can be challenging. When you find yourself out of balanced for a sustained period you can expect to develop unwanted symptoms. Too many stressful days without rest and you might develop tension headaches or insomnia or anxiety, it’s your body’s way of letting you know you've slipped out of balance.
How Natural Therapies work
If you accept that symptoms are the body’s way of letting you know that something is out of balance then the next step is to uncover where the problem lies. The art of natural therapies is in reading the body to uncover its truth. For example, a symptom like tension headaches may tell us that your nervous system and liver function are under stress. If however, you support these body systems to return to balance using herbs or acupuncture for example, your unwanted symptoms will cease.
Don’t ignore the warnings
If a warning light comes on in your car you don’t ignore it because you know it’s telling you something needs to be fixed and if you don’t pay attention to it you’d expect your car to eventually break down. What can start as an easily fixed and inexpensive issue can quickly become a big problem but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself, especially when given the right support to get you back in balance and your health back on track.
Wes Smith is Live Well's Director and has 20 years experience as a practitioner and wellness educator. He has a special interest in working with chronic immune issues, stress, anxiety and depression.
Wes is passionate about inspiring and educating people to create and sustain their vitality and wellbeing so they can live life to the full.
Wes also enjoys teaching meditation and is the creator of meditatewithwes.com an online resource for learning how to meditate. es has a B.App.Sc.(Acup), Diploma of Herbal Medicine, a Yoga Teaching Diploma and is an APHRA registered acupuncturist. Learn more about acupuncture, herbal medicine and meditation.