There are a vast amount of modern medical pathologies, ranging from the most severe, i.e cancers and paraplegias, to the most common, i.e. “colds” and sprains and strains. It would seem that the best way to view the progression of a treatment would be to start subtle and increase the strength to match the disease. For instance, the common cold is something generally that everyone has experienced sometime in their life. It starts with the sniffles, sore throat, achy muscles and joints, etc and progresses until someone is stuck in bed for a few days and generally feeling miserable throughout the experience. Chinese medicine physicians have been dealing with this typical scenario for thousands of years, and it is safe to say they are more than likely to be able to deal with it effectively today.
Western medicine’s answer to the problem, generally, is time and some chemical that does not aid healing but helps you through the symptoms, if not anti-biotics. In the greater scheme of modern medical diseases, the common cold is a minor illness that can be treated without the power of Western medicine. From a Chinese medicine perspective, there is a key difference, we wish to bolster the bodies natural immune systems through herbology and acupuncture and speed the bodies own ability to flush the pathogen – the body, we believe, is the strongest healer. However, diseases and pathogens sometimes blossom and the entire system becomes under greater duress and susceptible to great injury. In comes Western medicine and the modern marvel of anti-biotics. If the common cold progresses to acute pneumonia, life threatening, then a “sledgehammer” is required. The problem arises when we don’t match the treatment to the disease. We […]