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Are you body wise?

In her landmark new book, BodyWise, introduced by our Wellness Director, Eminé Rushton, physician Rachel Carlton Abrams invites us to take a radical new approach to health by balancing traditional and integrative medicine with something no laboratory can replicate, nor doctor prescribe – our intuition

real wellness

Around 15 years ago, in a room with Andrew Weil, the eminent doctor and healthcare expert (and Psychologies health columnist), I first heard the words ‘integrative health’ – and discovered how many of us are falling through the cracks in the traditional healthcare model.

Allopathic medicine – the basis of all Western medicine – treats the visible symptoms: it sees a rash and prescribes a steroid cream; it sees insomnia and administers sleeping pills. But, if you treat only the symptom, I learned, you never identify the root cause because you’re simply covering up the problem – a plaster over a wound that never fully heals.

Integrative health (which looks to other ancient systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine) focuses solely, wholly, on the root cause. The symptom is the signal, not the message. There are myriad incredible, invested, wise and enlightened doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals operating in our amazing National Health Service – but our system is simply not built to best serve our extremely complex and deeply personal needs. There is neither the time nor the workforce to get to know all the ins and outs of everybody’s body, the unique meanderings of our minds, the profoundly sensitive spots that trigger pain, fear, anxiety and grief. That is for us to know, as Abrams explains, overleaf, in an extract from her empowering, illuminating and uplifting book, BodyWise (Bluebird Books For Life, £12.99).

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