Volume 1 Issue 6- 2015
Nutritionist, Acupuncture fellow at AMAB, Italy
*Corresponding author: Dora Dragoni, Medical Doctor, Acupuncture Fellow (3rd/3 year), Personal Trainer, Mental Trainer, Nutrionist, AMAB, Italy, Tel: +39 338 5085731; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: October 21, 2015 | Published: October 26, 2015
Keywords: Reward; Wellness; Health; CAM; Stress; Acupuncture; Ayurveda; Diet; Nutrition; Fitness; Mental training; Epigenetic; Affective life; Lifestyle, Right to health; Prevention; Longevity
Abstract Review Article CAM strategies are at the same time ancient healing strategy systems, since ayurveda is 5000 years old and Traditional Chinese Medicine with acupuncture is 3000 years old, so they are proved to be effective and safe, …and they are also a new care approach, since occidental world still asks if they are really scientifical despite the evidence, the millennary effectiveness, the thousands of studies and researches, and the fact that people are using them more and more. CAM are called alternative in comparison to the official therapies systems, such as drugs and surgery. Antonovsky starting from 1979 underlines how, in a correct salutogenetic approach, to create health we should at first rule the lifestyle, manage a good diet (nutrition and physical activity), then proceed toward light caring treatments, passing then to acupuncture and such kind of medicine methods, and only in late stages recur to artificial molecules or even more.n It’s simple to understand that, as World Health Organization declares “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” , so from that it derives this observation: relieving symptoms in some ways doesn’t correspond to creating wellness. Reaching a well-being global condition is an autonomous process that each person can live, thanks to therapists and all those who want to participate with an active and positive role into others lives. CAM are indeed lots of healing systems: Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, chinese fitotherapy, tui na massage, qi-gong, dietetic), ayurveda (yoga, mantra, use of spices and dietetic culture, therapeutical massages); but also integrated therapies, that are: diet, from the greek world δίαιτα that means lifestyle, particularly nutrition and physical activity, mindfullness and relaxation techniques (from mental training to any oriental zen form of meditation), and even simply understanding that affective life has a main role into our daily routine, becoming of course able to apply this need to our daily habits. The latest studies focus on reward system, the brain pathways and nuclei involved in the perception and feeling of positive signals and emotions, related to our main needs and istincts, such as food, sex, reproduction, parental behaviours. It is known that when medial paths prevale we have a good mood, positivity, wellness and pleasure perceptions. But in case of stress conditions dopamine is converted into cathecolamines and lateral ways are prevalent, with a global stressful mood and all the organic consequences that derive from that: Mayo Clinic on its site  publishes that stress is strictly related with all the most diffused diseases, such as cardiopathies, gastrointestinal dysfunctions (these two can also be called dysautonomias), allergies and autoimmune disorders, reumatologic diseases, headache/migraine, insomnia, and all the mood and sex dysfunctions. So it’s important to prevent stress, managing it creating wellness daily habits and situations. In this article I talk about the characteristics and functions of all main CAM (as I said: nutritional and fitness suggestions, acupuncture, ayurveda, mind relaxation tips, and affective life approaches), underlining their neuroscientific and global mechanisms of action: acting on reward system as well, they are able not only to relieve stress, symptoms and pain, but they also can improve in great ways our well-being global condition, and with the wellness feeling that derives from that: we are stronger (getting the so called “resilience”, the ability to overcome obstacles), able to face in the better and most positive ways our life, managing it how we want.