Utah Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic - Acupuncture - Homeopathy - Chinese Herbal Therapy
What else can we treat?
Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and NAET can treat or manage a wide array of ailments, including:
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Weight Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Menier's Disease
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Metabolic Disorders (such as Metabolic Syndrome or Hypoglycemia)
  • Digestive Disorders (IBS, Colitis, etc)
  • Autoimmunity (such as Hashimotos, Chron's Disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis)
 How can you treat so many different diseases with Chinese Medicine?
Surely you can't "specialize" in everything. . .
 
The term “specialist” is something unique to Western medicine – endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, family physician, etc. Specialties are not as applicable in Chinese medicine because it is a different system of medicine. We have a tendency to look at Western medicine as the form of medicine; however, there are many forms and systems of medicine and Western medicine is simply one of these forms, not the form. Chinese medicine is a comprehensive and sophisticated system that is separate from, but not inferior to, Western medicine. Both Chinese and Western medicine are logical, clinically tested, and well defined systems that can provide effective treatment in their own rights.

Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D. beautifully illustrates the differences between the two forms of medicine. Following is a summary of pages 2 - 5 from his book, "The Web That Has No Weaver:"

The logical structure underlying the technique and mental operations which guide the physician differ radically in these two traditions of medicine. As a result, the two different logical structures have pointed the two medicines in different directions.

Western medicine is primarily concerned with isolable disease categories or agents of disease which it zeroes in on, isolates, and tries to change, control, or destroy. The Western physician starts with a symptom, and then searches for the underlying mechanism - a precise cause for a specific disease. The disease may affect various parts of the body, but it is relatively a well-defined and self-contained. Precise diagnosis frames an exact, quantifiable description of a narrow area. The physicians logic is analytic, cutting through the accumulation of bodily phenomena to isolate one single entity or cause. What “X” is causing “Y”?

For example: Four patients come in complaining of abdominal pain that comes and goes, indigestion, feeling of fullness or bloating, and nausea. After following appropriate Western diagnostic procedures (such as an endoscopy and/or H.pylori breath test, etc.), the physician determines all four patients are suffering from a peptic ulcer caused by a bacterial infection of H.pylori. The physician has isolated a specific disease (peptic ulcer) with a specific cause (bacterial infection of H.pylori). All four patients receive an antibiotic treatment of Tetracycline.

In contrast, the Chinese physician directs his or her attention to the complete individual – the entire physiological and psychological makeup of the patient. This is holism, or holistic medicine. All information, including the symptoms as well as the patient's other general characteristics, is gathered and woven together until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a "pattern of disharmony." This pattern of disharmony then helps to describe the situation of "imbalance" in a patient's body. Oriental medical diagnosis renders a description of the patient as a whole rather than isolating a specific cause. The question of cause and effect is always secondary to the overall pattern. One does not ask, "What X is causing Y," but rather, "What is the relationship between X and Y." Chinese medicine attempts to organize symptoms and signs into understandable configurations. The total of these configurations provides the "pattern of disharmony," which then provides the framework for the plan of treatment.

Let’s use the same example as above: Four patients come in complaining of abdominal pain that comes and goes, indigestion, feeling of fullness or bloating, and nausea. The Chinese medical physician conducts his or her diagnostic procedure and looks at the entire physiological and psychological makeup of the patient and finds the following:
Patient 1: Upon physical examination, the physician finds that the abdominal pain increases with touch, but diminishes with the application of cold. The patient has a robust constitution, broad shoulders, a reddish complexion, and a full, deep voice. He is assertive and aggressive, even challenging the physician. He is constipated and has dark yellow urine. His tongue has a greasy yellow coating. The Chinese medical physician places him in a pattern of disharmony called “Damp Heat Affecting the Spleen.” The patient receives a treatment based on this pattern.
Patient 2: Upon examination, the physician finds this patient to be thin with an ashen complex yet ruddy cheeks. She is constantly thirsty, her palms are sweaty, and she has a tendency towards constipation and insomnia. She seems nervous and fidgety and unable to relax. She is constantly on the go and has been unable to be in a stable relationship. Her tongue is dry and slightly red with no coating. The Chinese medical physician places her in a pattern of disharmony called “Deficient Yin Affecting the Stomach.” She receives a treatment based on this pattern, a treatment completely different from Patient 1.
Patient 3: This patient reports that massage and heat somewhat alleviate his pain, which he describes as a minor yet persistent discomfort. He is temporarily relieved by eating. He dislikes cold weather, has a pale face, and wants to sleep a lot. His urine is clear and frequent. He appears timid, shy, and almost afraid. He seems unable to look the physician in the eye and his head seems to hang in despair. His tongue is moist and pale. The Chinese medical physician places him in a pattern of disharmony called “Deficient Cold Affecting the Spleen.” He receives treatment based on this pattern, and again, the treatment is completely different from Patient’s 1 and 2.
Patient 4 receives the same exam, but a different diagnosis. It is found that he has “Excess Cold and Dampness Affecting the Spleen and Stomach.” He receives a treatment based on his unique pattern, which is different from the previous three patients. 

The Chinese system of medicine is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole. A symptom is not traced back to a cause, but is looked at as a part of the totality. If a patient complains of a symptom, Chinese medicine wants to know how the symptom fits into the patients entire being and behavior. In Western medicine, a symptom is traced back to an isolated cause – an infection of H.pylori causing peptic ulcers. In Chinese medicine, all signs and symptoms are used to establish a pattern unique to the patient being treated.

This is not to say one form of medicine is superior to the other; it is simply to illustrate the difference between the two and provide an explanation as to why Chinese medicine does not have “isolated diseases” (such as peptic ulcers, strep throat, or colitis) nor do they place their practitioners into “specialties.”


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