The “sub-health”

Sub-health is described in Chinese medicine as a pre-disease condition that can last from a few weeks to a few years. The disease is not established, but the person does not feel “in the best of his or her shape”.

Despite normal blood tests, the person does not feel well, at least not as well as before.

Here are some symptoms that may occur:

  • Background fatigue may be present
  • Sleep is sometimes disturbed or less restorative
  • Digestion is slower; there may be bloating
  • A “nervous state” and/or “worried” seems to be gradually developing
  • Some irritability or depression is felt
  • A lack of enthusiasm, motivation is present
  • Sometimes, slight heart palpitations appear
  • Concentration is more difficult, memory is deficient
  • The immune system is less effective: colds, flu, sore throat, etc. are more common.
  • Headaches can occur regularly

These symptoms are often the result of a loss of internal balance, a functional disruption. If nothing is done, the situation is likely to get worse and progress to a disease itself (e.g. high blood pressure, angina, diabetes, arthritis, hypothyroidism, depression, gastric reflux, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc…)

Usually, the longer we wait to fix the situation, the longer it will take. Chinese medicine is the queen for this kind of problem without an established diagnosis. It can stimulate self-regulatory mechanisms to help restore health.