How would you rate your health right now? If you said, “I feel fine”, you’re probably in the great majority of people. Fine is ok, it’s liveable.

Often we don’t know what great or fantastic can be because we settle with fine. Not just our in health, but in a lot of areas in our life.

When my phone contract ended in October last year, I didn’t get a new iPhone, cause the one I have is fine. It’s doing the job I want it to, despite dropping it numerous times it didn’t get a crack screen, and I didn’t think it was worth the expense of getting a new one. In marketing they say “fine is the enemy”. If the thing you have already is fine then we, as customers, settle for that. We often don’t see the need for a new one, an upgrade or something different.

Over the years of treating hundreds of busy mums with Chinese Medicine, I often see people come in with all kinds of health problems they describe as “fine”. In the course of the consultation you find out they have aches and pains, digestive and bowel problems, and symptoms that they did not class as a problem or think was bad enough for them to book an appointment for. “Oh I’ve always had this old shoulder pain” or “that chronic back pain (they have had for 5 years)… that’s just a 3/10, I just have to live with that”.

Just because you’ve had constipation for as long as you can remember, doesn’t make it normal!

Mums often put everyone else in the family first and leave their own minor health problems alone until they accumlate into a big deal.

It’s not that we chose or want these lingering health problems, but if it’s not terrible, sometimes we just live with them, telling ourselves it’s fine.

One of the things I love about my job is seeing the changes that Chinese Medicine can make. I love to see people the week after a treatment, that has dramatically changed their life…when people go from fine to fantastic. Now that doesn’t happen with every patient, but when it does, they are literally jumping for joy.

Sometimes we live with things that are fine, and don’t even realise that we could be fantastic.

When was the last time you discovered something and said to yourself “why didn’t I do this earlier?” I do that in business all the time. When you stumble upon something so fantastic, you couldn’t believe it would change your life so much, and then you think back to how you settled with “fine” before.

If you think your health could be better than fine why not see your local Chinese medicine specialist or someone who can help you. Don’t be ‘fine’ Be Fantastic!

Can you relate? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • This is so very true. I live with bursitis in both my hips for years. One day I was laying on the my side reading and my husband came in, put his hand on my hip and leant over me. I screamed for him to get off and I told him how much it hurt me. I just said “Thats not normal”….when i thougth about it I realised that he was right so I went to the Docs. After treatment and physio I cant believe I lived with that for so long.


  • yes i am trying to improve my diet and sleep and i feel better than i used to


  • I could do with a bit of extra sleep…


  • I can definitely relate to this!


  • When it comes to health problems I agree that many of us mums often put every one else first and that can be harmful.


  • So true everyone wears a mask it’s terrible


  • Interesting article and alternative medicine may interest some people in this community.


  • I can relate. I know a massage will make me feel much better but spending that money or finding the time, isn’t a priority right now


  • When it comes to me personally I always tend to settle for ‘fine’ but if my kids or hubby said their fine I try with all my might to make sure their great or fantastic so I can definitely relate to this article.


  • I’m not sure you should set such high expectations – but alternate medicine does work for some people.

    • Exactly – works for some and not others.

      • Hi BellaB, thanks for your comment, it’s true my expectations can seem high, however I’d rather aim for excellent and hit good than aim for average and get below that. It’s great that this article has prompted conversation. When i treat patients I always aim for resolution of the probelem, not management. This isn’t always possible, especially given the vast majority of issues people come in with, but it is actually at the heart of Chinese Medicine to restore absolute balance to the body so that it is free of illness and disease.


  • That’s true. I think most of us are guilty of that. Sometimes it’s just too tiring to think about treating a problem we’ve had for years. But this way maybe we’re feeling fine (or miserable, depending on the point of view) without any reason for that.


  • So true, I live with “fine” everyday :)


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