Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the person, it creates order, it stresses positive energy, and it treats the root of disease.
TCM treats the person, not the symptom or the disease, as opposed to Western Medicine (WM) which always treats the symptom or the disease , and never the person. The difference between western and Chinese medical diagnosis could not be greater. While WM refers to cancer, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney stones, diabetes and hepatitis, Chinese medicine refers to energy deficiency or stagnation, Yin and Yang deficiency or excess, or too much wind, heat or cold in certain organs. WM rarely looks further than the symptom and is continually looking for external causes of disease such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Chinese medicine is always directly involved with the person and their internal reaction to different influences. A comparison might be that the west diagnoses and treats the site of disease, whereas the east diagnoses and treats the energy responsible for it. Put another way, the west fights the invader while the east strengthens the warrior.
In WM the approach to, and treatment of, a particular problem in most cases is essentially the same regardless of the person’s age, size or sex. When a number of people with similar symptoms go to a practitioner of Chinese medicine, they will likely receive totally different treatments. This is due to Chinese medicine treating the person, not the disease.
There is a famous saying in Chinese medicine which is based on several thousand years of clinical observation. It says that if our protective energy is strong, negative energy or disease will not be able to attack us. Constitutionally strong people rarely get sick – this is indicative of good protective energy. As everybody is different they react differently to the same stimulus. TCM diagnosis and treatment works within this realm of understanding.
The aim of TCM is to restore and maintain the natural order of your energy. Disease comes about from disorder of the body’s energies; chronic disease comes about from the longstanding disorder of energy. Your body constantly pursues balance, working all day and every day to achieve this, and pain is your body telling you where it is having difficulty. The practitioner’s role is to listen to what the patient tells them and assist them in correcting the disorder. When this happens your body heals itself.
According to Chinese medical theory negative energy can only harm us if our positive energy is weak. For example, amongst a group of Richmond supporters, all dressed the same in T-shirt and shorts exposed to a MCG cold weather change, one may get pneumonia, two may get a cold, but the rest remain unaffected. This may be due to different levels of Wei Chi.
Parallels may be seen in a person’s reactions to humidity, heat, cold, work stress, flu virus and so on.
By taking care, we can assist our protective energy, for example, by dressing according to the weather, eating according to our constitution, getting proper sleep, exercise and fresh air. It is not the virus or the star sign that creates the problem, it is always our response to it.
TCM is causal. We treat the root of disease, and symptoms disappear. Frequently other seemingly unrelated problems will disappear also as the recovery of balance applies to our entire self, and during a treatment for severe headaches, sleep may improve, and the skin may clear. This is because the root of the problem is being treated and not the symptom.
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