A walk down the vitamin aisle can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing between the dizzying array of products and brands. Do you know what to look for to ensure your vitamins provide the nutrients you need? Your health can be optimized with a combination of nutrients, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and appropriate lifestyle choices according to season and individual constitution.
“A recent study conducted among registered dietitians found 81 percent agree that most people have gaps in their diets that can be filled with vitamins and other dietary supplements,” says Suzy Cohen, author and pharmacist. “As much as we try to eat a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is not always as easy as it sounds. Supplementing our diet with essential vitamins is very important for overall health.”
Tips for health:
• Talk to your health care practitioner: Consult with your medical professional before taking vitamins to determine what you need for you specific age, gender and lifestyle.
• Adequate sleep: Being sleep deprived can weaken constitution and cause illness.
• Stress reduction: Yoga, qigong, meditation, and tai chi can reduce stress and enhance health.
• Daily exercise: Can strengthen qi circulation.
In TCM, lifestyle is very important in determining overall health. Treatment of a wide range of health conditions and common ailments include the five pillars of Chinese medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui na, qigong exercises, and lifestyle/dietary recommendations. Traditional Chinese medicine integrates holistic lifestyle recommendations and treatments for physical, mental and emotional health to bring about balance.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.