I like what they say about health in Chinese medicine. They say health is the ability to respond appropriately to ever-changing conditions. In Chinese medicine, health is about balance and resiliency. It's a more forgiving definition than the idea that health means everything is functioning at 100%, that there are no aches or pains, queasiness, or congestion.
For some, health is directly connected to body bio-chemistry. Get the numbers right and you're healthy. But it doesn't always work. Sometimes people who have perfect blood numbers still feel awful. Whatever health is, it is complicated.
There are plenty of people who believe health is our natural state. I wonder about that. If that were true, why do people get sick so often? Surely illness must be natural, too. Right? If health was our natural state, I'm pretty sure there would not be so many different kinds of medicine. Some would say that in a romantically imagined past, we were all very healthy. If that's true, why are the healing arts ancient? All over the world, my guess is that medicine was the real first profession.
In the Reyaverse it is believed that health is random, or another way to say it is: it's mostly about luck or factors that even the most brilliant medical minds of all time have only glimpsed. Health is so unfair. There are people who do everything "right" - everything - and yet they get sick and suffer terribly. There are others who do everything "wrong" and yet appear to be as healthy as horses. That's what I'm talking about when I use the word random.
But we have to try to be healthy. We have to try! It's a commitment: so worth it. Whether you are drawn to modern medicine, Chinese medicine, natural, herbal, Ayurvedic, pill-based, blood-numbers based, dietary, energetic or whatever, the best medicine is partially a matter of faith. The medicine you seek must match your values, whatever they are.
There's also the matter of practitioners. Medicine is much more effective when there is a rapport between the healer and the healee. That rapport can take many forms. When there is no rapport, it can be frustrating for both patient and doctor, making the work less effective.
Health fluctuates with the seasons, our ever-changing moods and outlooks, and according to other rhythms we can only guess about. What I'm saying is, health is elusive! The secrets of health are genuinely secret! Thank god for every kind of medicine!
I don't know what health is or exactly how best to come by it, but I try for it every day. May you be well! May I be well! May it be so!