Most recently a close friend of mine asked for my opinion on signs and symptoms her brother presented with. We'll call her brother, "John." My friend mentioned that John had seen one western medical physician who had completed a number of tests that showed no significant results for a diagnosis. John then saw another physician who seemed to undermine him and again offered no medical or professional advice on how to address his concern. Although this may seem baffling, it happens within the western medical community. When tests and pharmaceuticals are unable to address the issue, western physicians shrug their shoulders and look at the patient blankly.
In response to my friends frustration and concern for her brother, I said, "Can I recommend an MD who is also an acupuncturist? I believe he'll be able to offer a different perspective on your brothers concerns." She gladly accepted, but that's not the point...
The point is that acupuncturists and MORE SO Classic Chinese Medical professionals, those who are trained in both classic acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, view disease in a completely different way than Western Medicine. We see disease based not only on signs and symptoms presented, but we also take into consideration the patient's constitution, their lifestyle, and their dietary choices.
In Chinese Medicine, there is not one test, one herb or one drug that fits all. I am proud to say that the practice of Chinese Medicine is customized to each and every individual patient.
So, how do you choose an acupuncturist? And what's the difference between an acupuncturist and a Chinese Medical profession? Whether you live in a highly populated or a remote area, you will likely have choices. I'll answer those questions in my next post.
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Please let me state that this is not a bash on Western Medicine. Of course...it can be extremely effective, life-saving and is very valuable. As a student intern of Chinese Medicine, I take seriously western medical diagnoses presented by my patients. I recommend test and scans as necessary. Ultrasounds, MRI's, CT scans and x-rays can be an extremely valuable tool in assessing a diagnosis from a western and eastern perspective.
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