What is Wellness? Pt. II - Pills vs. Holisitc Health
January 25, 2011 at 1:45pm
I recently did an interview where one of the primary topics was using yoga for wellness vs. taking prescription medication. While meds are critical in many cases (and I am not knocking the medical system as a whole - they are doing incredible things!) ; I feel that prescritpion meds are over used (and Abused) to a large degree.
Let's face it, pills are very very big business. To me, practicing yoga is a highly effective and integral part of the path in helping us to address the root - the source - of an illness. As we clear and strengthen our bodies-minds in a holistic way, and live with stronger awareness of body and mind; we begin to notice how what we are doing affects our state of being, our breath, our emotions, our posture etc; and how everything is intricately connected.
Let's say, for example, that stress is the cause of our digestive disorders, or headaches, or mood swings (which is exceedingly common in today's world). Rather than take a pill for that one particular ailment, which is a manifestation of the way our body/mind has reacted to the prolonged perceived stressor(s), why not address our patterns, our perceptions, our environment, and our diet and lifestyle - to decrease or eliminate the stress. Or simply to handle it in a different way.
Wouldn't this be wiser than taking a pill that may address the symptom alone? Not to mention that pills may have potential negative side effects running far beyond the gamut of the system of the body that we are trying to heal? Wouldn't it be wiser to look at the source, to address what needs to change within ourselves, so that our Whole self, can heal? If removing the root cause of the ailment - won't our entire self, and entire life, be transformed?
I was reading an article in Time Magazine last week about how Medical Plans in the US are starting to include Wellness and Lifestyle as part of annual health benefits, rather than just the old school standard. This is a big step for us all!