by Randy Lee
We’ve always described our ailments in terms of specific aches, such as “my head hurts, so I need an aspirin,” or “my tummy hurts, so I need an antacid.” But the fallacy in this approach is that we are just treating symptoms. We may alleviate some individual discomfort, but we haven’t addressed the underlying problems.
Today, in addition to helping get rid of temporary discomfort, many of our better supplement companies are putting together herbal combinations that address the functioning of whole body systems. We can still take aspirin for a headache, but there’s now a more complete herbal combination to treat the body’s many pain centers.
The body can be divided into nine primary body systems: the digestive system, the immune system, the intestinal system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the lymphatic system, the glandular system, the structural system and the colon, and each with an umbrella supplement for each system. There are formulas meant to keep those whole body systems healthy, with individual formulas for specific issues within the system.
So, for example, if one knows they have a weak heart, they may just want to take a supplement that strengthens the heart muscle. New research has also unfolded another body system that is called The Master System. It is the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system appears to be the center of the wheel that keeps all of the other systems working properly. More than 200 cannabinoids have been identified, and about 85 of them have been studied. This system seems to release cells to travel to other cells, signaling them to adjust their activity levels. This is an exciting new area of research, and portions of it are heavily in the news these days.
The systems approach to body balance is the real game changer. Albert Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.” One must study their own body and seek help in finding the system products that will provide a longer life with more quality.
Randy Lee is a naturopathic doctor and owner of The HealthPatch: Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health, located at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030, email PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHealthPatch.com.