2020 is the year of the rat according to the Chinese zodiac and it’s forecasted to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year for all. I share this merely as a fun tidbit to muse over as I am contemplating the mind-boggling advancements we humans have made over the course of several millennia. It is increasingly common to see doctors discussing the benefits of working collaboratively between numerous medical perspectives and recommending adjunct care, like acupuncture. In fact, the acupuncture practiced today is not entirely the same as what was practiced thousands of years ago. One of the advantages of practicing an ancient form of medicine is that we have had thousands of years to sort out what works and what doesn’t. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been constantly evolving with modern knowledge to integrate many incredibly insightful observations from millennia past with what is being discovered in cutting edge research. Perhaps more interestingly, modern research is continually making discoveries, some seemingly obscure, that can be explained by ancient theories of Chinese medicine.
In the past, it was commonly accepted that if you had a medical concern or question you would ask a doctor. However, these days the exceptionally encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Doctor Google’ often reigns supreme. As we are all, no doubt, aware, the internet is full of good and bad information — but it’s not as simple as the information being good or bad. In the wrong hands or the wrong situation, good information does not always do good things. It is common to see certain viewpoints and wellness trends espoused as being universally beneficial by people with little to no medical training, and as a result, it is becoming increasingly critical to have a medical team on your side to help you make decisions with your long-term health and wellness in mind. Remember that the average medical professional spends the better part of a decade in full-time schooling, just training to become licensed. It is these thousands upon thousands of hours of training just to get into practice that allows us to sort through the wreckage that is often found on the web.
As a practitioner, my experience and philosophy is that our body truly does have a nearly limitless capacity to heal itself. In my practice, we have seen many a person vastly exceed the expectations of their medical prognosis, and have even seen healing journeys that defy all conventional wisdom. We help to unlock this potential by investigating the deeper underlying causes of dysfunction and provide your body with the resources to engage its own internal healing mechanisms. And, above all, our mission is to empower you with the knowledge and support to take your health into your own hands.
In our upcoming health class, Health Detectives, learn now to search for the clues that will help you uncover the mystery behind your health challenges and discover what to do to get lasting results. The class is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Vital Health in Coeur d’Alene. Fee: $10. RSVP: 208-765-1994 or register here: http://bit.ly/HealthDetectives
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Jonathan M. Sasser holds a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and is board certified in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. He has more than 3,000 hours of training in acupuncture, classical Oriental Medicine, herbal medicine and nutrition.
Additionally, Jon also holds a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. Jon is a “Health Detective.” He looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Jonathan is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements at Vital Health in Coeur d’Alene.
Visit our website at www.vitalhealthcda.com to learn more about Jonathan, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Jonathan can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.