Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Lifestyle medicine is the practice of day-to-day activities and routines to optimize wellness. It is used in the recovery of chronic illness, as well as preventative medicine, especially in the case of inflammatory conditions. Lifestyle medicine is not limited to any number of categories, but includes sleep, hydration, autonomic control, posture, environmental quality, movement, exercise, cognition and education, spirituality, purpose, trauma-healing, emotional health, behavioral health, self-improvement, and nutrition.
Treatments, procedures, and medications are the staples of modern medicine but sometimes it is what happens outside of the clinic that makes the greatest impact.
Chinese Medicine is the founding father of modern lifestyle medicine. In Chinese Medicine, which has been practiced throughout the history on mankind, every single thing that a person does and experiences has an outcome on their general health. This is the microcosm-macrocosm theory. Everything in the external world influences the internal body in some way. This is how healthy routines and experiences can prevent and shorten the duration or severity of inflammatory outbreaks and painful occurrences.
YOU are the Practitioner
Lifestyle Medicine is different for every person. While nutrition and herbal supplements may be enough to treat one person, another person may get best results from behavioral, emotional therapies, or trauma-healing. Self-Care is an important part of Lifestyle Medicine because you are responsible for creating and maintaining your treatment plan.
Lifestyle Medicine is a journey of self-discovery.
There are an unlimited number of lifestyle therapies available to you. Explore this site to learn more about self-care and symptom management.