Traditional Oriental Medicine
Traditional Oriental medicine is built on a foundation of ancient philosophical thought which is based on the observation of natural phenomena. It is a system which views a person as an energy system in which the body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from the person, Oriental medicine emphasizes a holistic approach which treats the whole person.
Balance and Harmony
Chinese science and technology always functions within a philosophy that recognize the importance of balance and harmony between human beings and their environment, and includes four distinct methods of treatment; acupuncture, manipulative therapy, food cures and herbology.
Oriental medicine is over 5,000 years old. It is the oldest, literate, continually practiced medicine in the world. The first record of Oriental medicine is found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine). It is said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world. Shen Nung documented theories about circulation, pulse, and the heart over 2,000 years before European medicine had any concept about them.
Simple and effective, Oriental medicine has been used by one-third of humanity for thousands of years, but has been known for only a short time in Europe and the Western countries. Four thousand years ago ancient scholars of China discovered the principles and practical application of the science of vital energy. Acupuncture enables the practitioner to evaluate imbalances of the vital energy, which is the basis of all functional illness.
Prevention is unquestionably the highest form of medicine.
In the fifth century B.C.E., Bian Que wrote:
“The superior doctor cures that which is not yet an illness. * * *The average doctor cures only when an illness is present.”
Dr. Nakayama, a Japanese practitioner wrote:
“It is not the microbe that is important, but the internal terrain. The illness is not the invasion itself but the weakness that attracts the invaision.”
HOW IS ORIENTAL MEDICINE DIFFERENT FROM WESTERN MEDICINE?
In the United States the main form of medicine is known as Western or Allopathic medicine. Western medicine is based on the belief that disease is a defect within the human body or a destructive process caused by a specific germ or pathogen.
In Oriental medicine the focus is on prevention and the balancing of the life force energy that flows through the body in specific meridians or channels. The belief is based on the holistic idea that if there is harmony and balance, there will be good health.
Eastern and Western medicine have very different approaches to wellness.
Exploring the benefits of Eastern and Western medicine will help in understanding the strengths and weakness of each modality. Knowing when to use each modality, and when to combine both to achieve the greatest benefit.
- Eastern medicine is over 5,000 years old. It is the oldest, literate, continually practiced medicine in the world.
- Western medicineas we know it has been developing over the last 200 years. It uses state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing disorders and for surgery.
- Eastern medicine is focused on natural health-care, “Prevention”, wellness, balance and harmony.
- Western medicine is an “Intervention”, it is focused on disease, and utilizes specialists to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Eastern medicine uses the “Empirical” approach which means; we may not understand why it works, but the fact that it does work is more important than the explanation why.
- Western medicine uses the “Rational” approach which views the universe as a constant and opposes anything it cannot understand by logic or deduction.
- Eastern medicine uses “similars” to gently stimulate a healing response to bring the body back into balance. The healing protocol is based on promoting health, rather than fighting disease.
- Western medicineuses “opposites” it focuses on fighting disease (“allo” means opposite from which the term allopathic medicine is derived). The healing protocol is based on fighting disease, rather than to promote health.
- Eastern medicine follows the “Internal Environment Theory.” which follows the principal that if our billions of cells each receives the nutrition and oxygen it needs and has its waste products removed, it will be healthy, therefore; TOTAL HEALTH CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY FIRST ATTENDING TO INNER HEALTH.
- Western medicine follows the “Germ Theory” which follows the principal that specific microbes (germs) produce a specific disease. In an attempt to destroy these germs it uses antibiotics, vaccines and medicines. The idea is, if there are no germs present there will be no disease.
- Eastern medicine uses acupuncture, manipulative therapy, food cures and herbology to move the natural life-force energy through “meridians” or “channels” to promote health and resolve the underlying dysfunction.
- Western medicine uses surgery, pharmaceuticals and chemicals to treat the symptoms of disease.
When should I consider using Western Medicine?
David Darbo, M.D. explains it this way: “I am NOT in any way criticizing the noble men and women who dedicate their lives to saving the lives of others. The hospitals in the U.S. are first-rate, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed with skilled technicians, nurses and physicians. In a medical emergency, there is nowhere on earth I’d rather be. It is necessary to act dramatically in crisis situations and the medical profession is to be applauded for its skill in dealing with catastrophic illness. My hat is off to the established medical order within the context of crisis care.”
“The problem is not how the medical system operates in its own context but how it fails to maintain health.”
IF YOU HAD A CHOICE – WOULD YOU CHOOSE HEALTH, OR DISEASE? WOULD YOU CHOOSE PREVENTION OR INTERVENTION?
Do you know that 80% to 90% of all cancers are produced as the result of dietary, nutritional or lifestyle factors? Do you know that inherited genetic factors account for less than 7% of all human cancers.
According to the American Cancer Society:
“the probability that an individual, in the course of their lifetime, will develop cancer or die from it” is
one out of every two men (50%), and one out of every three women (33.33%).
According to the National Cancer Institute, with every five-year increase of age there is a doubling in the incidence of cancer because of the time you have been exposed to risk factors. As we age the gastrointestinal track is less efficient in absorbing nutrients which causes the immune system to weaken. At the same time the body is less efficient at eliminating waste and toxins. The majority of people are dehydrated from a lack of water intake and from excessive caffeine intake, which is a diuretic. The sugar in one can of soda reduces your immune system by 50% for up to six hours.
The human body is composed of 70% to 80% water – and water is 89% oxygen by weight. Therefore, oxygen comprises 62% to 71% of the body, and is the body’s most abundant and essential element. Ninety (90%) percent of all our biological energy comes from oxygen. We can go for several weeks without food, several days without water, but we cannot survive more than a few minutes without oxygen. The primary physical cause of all disease is linked in one way or another to oxygen deficiency.
Do not wait until you are ill to seek health: become proactive and take the steps necessary to maintain your health. If you are 40 or older you should be on a health regime that you understand and makes sense to you. If you smoke and don’t think you can quit, at least take steps to protect your body from the damage being done. If you have been treated for cancer, don’t simply wait for your next check-up to see if the cancer has returned. Become proactive, cleanse your body and strengthen your immune system. The Western approach to cancer is surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, all of which focus on eliminating the cancer, but in the process weakens your immune system. Everyone has cancer cells, the difference between an active cancer and an inactive cancer is the state of the immune system. In Oriental medicine we know that by maintaining a strong immune system we can prevent and/or facilitate a healing process.
Because Eastern and Western medicine are so different when someone tells you your condition is incurable, such as in the case of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Arthritis, Cancer, HIV/AIDs, etc., what they are really saying is that they have reached the limits of their knowledge on that particular illness. Never give up, stay optimistic, be proactive and understand the POLITICS, POWER AND PROFIT that drives the health-care and food industries.