When I had my perimenopause nightmare, I felt sleepless, achy, moody, anxious, overweight, and overcome with headaches and brain fog. At the height of my symptoms, I was lucky enough to find a doctor trained in both Eastern and Western practices who introduced me to ayurveda, the 3,000 year-old Indian medical system designed to bring the body into balance. It explains that total wellness requires us to address the mind and body to get to the root causes of illness.
I heard that very same message again later when I attended a lecture by Deepak Chopra. He added that there are, in fact, many types of wellness, including financial, spiritual, communal, and emotional.
Valencia Porter, M.D., MPH, FACN, director of integrative medicine at the Chopra Center, told me, "When standard treatments don’t work, it’s time to look deeper, for underlying problems, such as inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, toxicity—or emotional turmoil."