New year, new healthy horizons

Written by Tamara Willingham, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M., MSAOM. Posted in Health and Beauty

Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions tend to fail? Very often it is due to blockages that hold you back from achieving your goal—whether mental or physical. Sometimes it is a deeply held fear; sometimes it is an imbalance in an internal organ. Regardless of the source, one truth remains: Unless and until the blockages are addressed, there will be no progress. But how to address them exactly?

That is where Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) comes in. This medicine is both ancient and modern, in that it has been around for centuries but is timeless in its ability to work with nature to address the needs of humanity. It consists of multiple aspects, including acupuncture and herbal pharmaceuticals, and is based on four main principles:

1. The body is an integrated whole.

2. You are completely connected to nature.

3. You were born with a natural healing ability.

4. Prevention is the best cure.

Your body is an integrated whole. The human body is amazingly complex, with multiple interrelated systems powered by energy that connects mind, body, and spirit. That means if one part of the body is out of balance, the whole system is affected.

You are completely connected to nature. Though we often feel disconnected from it, the fact is we can never truly separate ourselves from nature. Sunshine helps our bodies produce vitamin D, time spent by a large body of water calms our minds, walking barefoot on the earth grounds us. We cannot escape nature’s thrall—because we are a part of it.

You were born with a natural self-healing ability. Just as nature has a regenerative ability, so do you! We see this when wounds close up and viruses are attacked by the immune system.

Prevention is the best cure. Too often we ignore “minor” symptoms and signs that there is something amiss in our body—“grin and bear it,” people say. The trouble is, when we ignore these small signs, they tend to lead to bigger issues down the road. You wouldn’t ignore it if your car was making a strange noise, so why would you ignore your body’s signals?

So what does all this mean for your New Year’s resolutions? By working with nature instead of against it, Traditional Chinese Medicine unlocks your innate ability to heal yourself, clearing the blockages that prevent you from achieving your goals. In this way, TCM can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy and exercise more, or something else, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you achieve it! Here is a short sampling of the many health issues we can treat:

• Addiction

• Anti-aging

• Anxiety

• Back pain

• Cold and flu

• Depression

• High/low blood pressure

• Immune system

• Infertility

• Insomnia

• Neck and shoulder pain

• Mood swings

• Sinus problems

• Stress

• Weight loss

For a complete list and/or more information, visit our website: If you’re just surviving and not thriving, call us today—we can help!

Tamara TCM Wellness Clinic is located at 120 W. Dudley St. in Maumee, Ohio and can be reached at 419-345-4996.

Tamara Willingham is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from world-renowned Bastyr University in Seattle. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine, she is rigorously trained in Balance Method and 5 Element Acupuncture. She further specializes in Chinese Herbal Medicine, having completed her herbal program at the prestigious Chengdu University TCM Hospital in China. Her clinic, Tamara TCM, includes a complete Chinese Herbal Pharmacy.