“Can qigong help with stress?”

“Does acupuncture help back pain?”

“Can TCM be used for [insert health condition of your choice]?”

I get these kinds of questions all the time. And while I get where people are coming from when they ask, there’s one big problem …

It’s not the right question.

TCM and qigong medicine approaches healing from a perspective that’s very different than what most of us in the Western world are used to. Western medicine tends to see health and healing as a “Do X, get Y”, one and done type of thing. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, sees health far more holistically.

It all starts with mindset.

Trying to heal by only addressing what’s physically going on in the body is healing with one hand behind your back. You’re so much more than a biological meat machine, and your health depends on so much more than just your physical body. Your mental, emotional, and energetic or spiritual health are just as important, not to mention the environment you find yourself in, your history, your epigenetics, and so much more.

Ultimately though, it all comes back to mindset. This is not to say that you can just “think” your way out of sickness, or wish that things would be different, and they will be. It does mean that you have to take responsibility for how you want to feel, and what you want your health to look like, because nobody can change your mindset except you.

That means that ultimately, it’s up to you.

This is one reason a lot of people struggle with qigong and Chinese medicine. They want it to be some sort of magic, where I poke a few needles in them or teach them a couple of hand gestures, and poof, everything’s better! The truth is, healing is another word for responsibility.

And, it’s why I love Qigong so much. Because if you do change your mindset, and take responsibility for your health, and do the work, your body will heal. But it has to be all those components together.

So I’d invite you to reframe your view on health with me this year. Instead of seeing it as something you only really pay attention to once its gone, join me in making taking care of your health part of your daily to-do list.

If you’re in the DMV area, we can do that in person in qigong classes and workshops. If you’re further away, we’ve got options for that too. Find out how I can help you with truly sustainable healthcare here.