The United States is fond of fighting metaphorical wars. We have seen wars on crime, drugs, poverty, cancer, terror etc. The latest is a War on Ebola, since it has made its way out of the dark continent and traveled west to Texas.
While I’m not a physician, it does seem to me that the general approach taken to medicine in the US is to fight illness after it has taken root. The western approach to health care is similar to taking your car to a mechanic. Something gets broken and you are forced to fix it. On the other hand, in traditional Chinese medicine there is more of a focus on prevention.
The traditional Chinese view is that life is full of pathogenic influences. A bug has a better shot of harming you when you are in a weakened state. For example, you are stressed by a change in circumstances at work and it’s keeping you awake at night. On top of that, you aren’t taking time to eat sound nutritious meals. In this weakened state, you get sick. You can wait until a pathogen gets a toe hold into you, or you can nip it it the bud when you are strong and at your best.
It’s possible that Ebola became epidemic in Africa because of the extreme poverty, and it won’t happen in the US. While it’s true that the US is much richer than Sudan, it’s also true that we are stressed, often overworked, sleep deprived, and overfed but undernourished. These conditions make us susceptible to a virus.
In keeping with the traditional Chinese view of healthcare, our first line of defense is to make ourselves strong. Eat a nutritious plant based diet. Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, or qigong. Take a vacation. Enjoy your family. Visit the zoo or a park. Breath.