It’s an exciting time in the world of preventative practices as a larger part of the  population wakes up to the value of transparency and authenticity when it comes to taking care of themselves. With its focus on practices that keep the body from falling ill in the first place, many people are turning to age-old techniques of Eastern spirituality and medicine, where maintaining an organic balance between body, soul and nature has always been a driving principle.

Patients are discovering that there are many ways to approach health, healing and wellness.  One of these ways is by incorporating Eastern techniques for a more balanced and holistic approach to addressing maladies is proving to be both effective and popular.

The challenge for those who are just awakening to the power and effectiveness of these so-called “mystical” arts, is finding reliable resources of information and holistic treatment.

The act of awakening, transformation and enlightenment is a personal journey, but like all journeys, it always begins with simple first steps.  Here are some ways you can begin incorporating valuable Eastern-based techniques into your daily care routine and build a strong foundation before exploring these arts in more depth.

Practice Soulfulness:  Today’s world is filled with so many distractions that many of us have lost touch with the tactile world around us.  Each day, set aside 15-minutes to reflect, sit quietly, and even meditate. It can be as simple as closing your eyes, breathing in through you nose and out through your mouth for 2 minutes. Our bodies naturally resonate with the frequencies around us, and respond by activating love, peace and harmony.  Start becoming aware of the vibrations around you – the lights, the sounds, the fragrances that permeate the natural world.

Breathe Deep: We breathe all day and night – and because it happens automatically, we pretty much take it for granted. But don’t.  Research has shown that deep breathing helps saturate the blood stream with oxygen, which makes the blood more alkaline, a PH Level that’s uninviting to many diseases. By raising the body’s oxygen levels, you’ll reduce stress and bolster the immune system. Next time you catch yourself wrapped up emotionally in something, take a moment to take a deep breath. See if you don’t notice a difference.

Be Aware of Your Diet: There are purposeful changes you can make to your diet that could improve your overall health. Connect with your soul and the essence of the food you are putting into your body. This will start to make you reflect on how your body and mind feel after you eat certain foods and help you to stay away from foods that don’t make you feel good

Explore Another Tradition:  Read up on an Eastern tradition that has caught your interest. It could be aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, mediation, feng shui, or the healing power of calligraphy.  Just read up on that art and science, and introduce it into your lifestyle for a period of one month.  Make note on how practicing it makes you feel and decide whether you might want to make it a more permanent fixture in your routine.

Discuss Holistic Options with your Health Care Provider: This might be the toughest tip to follow through on. There is nothing wrong with telling your physician that you are also interested in holistic options for your infirmity, and ask if there is a way to leverage the benefits of both pharmaceutical and non-traditional plans. Only some three out of ten patients discuss alternative treatment options, but increasingly medical professionals are being advised to listen to and respect those patients that advocate exploring these avenues.  Don’t be afraid to be one of these advocates. There is also a new breed of doctors called “integrative health” professionals who incorporate alternative medicine into their health plan for you. Seek these practitioners out.

Science itself is starting to come around on Eastern traditions and holistic arts as more evidence appears, especially in the realm of quantum physics, that much of the universe is connected at a sub-atomic level and that finding a balance between all components is what leads to an authentic harmonious state.  Take some of these simple to employ steps and monitor the benefits you’ll receive from introducing Eastern methodologies to a well-balanced self-care routine.


  • Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha

    Inspirational Author, Healer, and Teacher

    Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is an M.D. with a degree in Chinese medicine. He has published over 20 books, including 11 New York Times bestselling books, including Soul Healing Miracles: Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical Bodies. As the creator of Tao Calligraphy, Master Sha has integrated Chinese calligraphy with the essence of ancient wisdom and philosophy. Starting with the rare calligraphic style called Yi Bi Zi that uses only one continuous brush stroke, Master Sha has infused this Oneness writing with blessings and power to create an extraordinary new form that conveys the essence of Tao, the Source of all life.