Chinese Medicine: A Diversified Toolbox
The real strength of Chinese Medicine lies in its many tools and highly individualized system of diagnosis and treatment. From acupuncture to herbal formulas, to adjunct therapies like cupping and moxibustion, there is always a tool that can be used for any condition and symptom pattern.
Although Chinese Medicine has just come into the consciousness of many Americans, the fact is that it is an ancient system of medicine, based on thousands of years of careful research and documentation in various sources that date back thousands of years.
Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine, which means that everything in your body is connected into a great whole; no part can be separated from another and everything depends on everything else in order to function properly. Therefore, in Chinese medicine, we try to get at the root of the disorder, not just the symptoms. All of our organs are linked together by an energetic system of meridians; if one organ system gets out of balance, all systems are affected.
Chinese Medicine is a medicine of details. Instead of looking at one symptom or one part of the body, we look at groups of symptoms, and how they influence one another. This gives your practitioner a comprehensive and individualized view of your body’s disease process and this is why it is important that your practitioner ask you in-depth questions about your medical history, sometimes asking questions about things that don’t seem related at all.
Chinese Medicine is a naturalistic medicine, rooted in examining patterns and processes found in nature to interpret disease processes within the body. This is one of the most important foundations of Chinese medicine. Different organs are related to the seasons, and conditions such as heat, cold and damp affect them. Therefore, your Chinese medical diagnosis can be thought of as a sort of “weather forecast” for the body.