Have you ever felt weak, nauseous and under the weather, yet your doctor was unable to diagnose you with any particular illness? This is actually a fairly common occurrence known as sub-health conditions.
Sub health is commonly known as the third health condition or a grey state in an individual’s health. At this point, your body is between being healthy and falling sick. As such, you would not show symptoms of being sick yet you also would not feel well.
The Critical State of Sub Health
During the state of sub health, your immune system is severely compromised, making you susceptible to falling ill. However, most people tend to ignore the tell-tale signs from their body, choosing instead to push through with their daily activities. Unfortunately, not heeding these signals would lead to serious consequences down the line.
What Causes Sub Health
Typically, poor lifestyle habits, pollution filled environments and high levels of stress contribute to sub health. People aged between 30 to 40 years old are at the highest risk of sub health conditions. Furthermore, females have a slightly higher incidence of sub health as compared to males.
In particular, it has been found that white-collar workers working in senior positions within an organization are more prone to sub health due to the nature of their work and lifestyle. This would involve a play hard and party hard approach whereby a fast pace work environment induces stress that is only matched by an equally energy demanding after work approach.
Symptoms of Sub Health
The symptoms of sub health may vary greatly from individual to individual. Often times, they blend in together with other medical conditions that you are facing. Alternatively, they are often described as an individual either “having a bad day” or “getting old”. It is thus important that you first recognize the symptoms so that action can be taken before you actually fall sick.
Symptoms of sub health include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor appetite & Indigestion
- Lethargy & general body weakness
- Depression & Moodiness
- Frequent agitation
- Short of breath
- Poor memory
It is also important to note that while not immediately life threatening, sub health conditions place you at higher risk of developing both physiological and psychological conditions.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Views Sub Health
If you were to visit a western doctor with sub health symptoms, they might not be recognized belonging to a sickness. This is because western medicine identifies illnesses by the presence of specific known pathogens. Yet, during the state of sub health, these pathogens might not have yet entered your body.
On the other hand, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners evaluate your health by analyzing the overall state of your body. Commonly, TCM practitioners find sub health conditions in people whose usually harmonious relationships between their organs has been disrupted.
The major organs at work here include that of your heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Varying greatly from western medicine is the holistic view that TCM takes of these organ systems. It is thought that these organs do not operate in isolation but rather have large impact on seemingly unrelated functions in the human body.
For example, since organs have interrelated relationships with each other, the health of your spleen would be restricted by your liver.
TCM views insomnia as being caused by too much Yang or too little Yin in the system. This imbalance leads to excess heat within your heart that disturbs your mind and body. In turn, the disturbance prevents you from sleeping peacefully.
If you feel irritated or stressed out, then it might be due to a stagnation of Qi within your liver. Without Qi, which is the lifeforce in your body, your liver will not be able to effectively carry out its functions. A side effect from this is the inability to regulate emotions.
If you frequently consume junk food and cold drinks while also eating your meals at irregular intervals, then expect to have a deficient amount of Qi in your spleen. Consequently, your body’s bowel movements will be impacted while accompanying digestive issues such as bloating and gastric pain may emerge.
Runny Nose During the Morning
Consistent runny nose or sneezing in the morning is indicative of you having a deficiency in lung Qi. Similar to a blockage of Qi from your liver, without Qi, your lungs will not be able to function to its full capability. This will also lead to a frequency shortness of breadth during any form of exercise.
Should you find more hair loss than usual, then it may be due to a deficiency in both your kidney and liver. These organs govern the blood and nourishment of your body and thus are fundamental to your hair’s health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments for Sub Health
Depending on your symptoms, lifestyle and health of each organ, a TCM practitioner will likely prescribe a varying set of chinese medicine herbs. Furthermore, he or she will recommend changes to be made to your lifestyle to help improve the overall health of your organs while limiting exposure to excess elements.
Examples of TCM treatments for sub health include:
- Heart heat conditions are often treated with cooling herbs such as Chrysanthemum and Lophatherum. These herbs have a cooling effect, eases your mind and helps you to sleep easier in the case of insomnia.
- Kidney and liver deficiencies are treated with Fleeceflower Root. This herb Nourishes liver and kidney, and replenishes essence and blood to strengthen the tendons and bones and blacken hair.
If you do indeed have symptoms of sub health, then consider consulting with TCM practitioners on the treatments available for your body. Unlike western medicine that seeks to remove the known pathogen in isolation, TCM will look to re-establish balance in your body and shore up deficiencies. In this way, your body’s immune system can be restored and its self-repair mechanisms will be reactivated.
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