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    There are few basic characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

    1. The concept of organism as whole:

    a. There is an inseparable relationship between different organs, and between organs, tissues, senses, etc;
    b. There is an inseparable unity between the human body and nature (e.g. relationship between geographical location and health, pulse and different seasons, etc.)

    2. Differentiation of syndrome, diagnosis and treatment:

    a. Differentiation of syndromes (to find the cause and if possible the root cause) and treatment principle;
    b. Treating the same disease with different method;
    c. Treating different disease with the same method

    These principles seem to be common sense and apparently should be unanimously accepted. The reality is different: between Eastern and Western medicine are differences that are not yet solved.

    Nowadays people became more aware by the fact that the medicine of the future is the Integrative Medicine where all values of Western, Eastern (including TCM) and Alternative medicine to become a whole and to serve the people.

    As an example letís see what are some of the differences:

    Key Difference
    Awareness and use of bio-energy or Qi (chi, prana, life force) in the East, unawareness of it in the West. From this flow all the remaining differences: definitions of health, illness, and symptoms, the model of medicine, methods of diagnosis or assessment, role of physician and patient and the patient's psyche, prevention and responsibility for health, strengths and limitations.

    Eastern Medicine Western Medicine
    Key Beliefs
    Qi is life. Qi is heart of medicine. Life and Medicine are one. Humans can control nature. Foreign invader causes illness. Control of symptoms Ľ cure of disease.
    A state of well being in which the body is vital, balanced & adaptive to its environment. Absence of disease, pain, defect, or symptoms of illness (no theory of health).
    Illness, Sickness, Disease
    ∑ Disharmony/imbalance and loss of adaptability (a defect of function/energy).
    ∑ Any deviation of the body from its normal or healthy state (1st dictionary definition).
    ∑ A defect of tissue or structure.
    ∑ A destructive process with a specific cause and characteristic symptoms, a particular disorder(2nd dictionary definition).
    Manifestation of the body's attempt to heal itself, therefore, messages, signals of unattended, underlying issues; or signs that something needs balancing. Manifestation of the disease, therefore, they are disagreeable phenomena to be eliminated or suppressed.
    Patterns Of Symptoms
    Symptoms are considered only in terms of their pattern. Not addressed.
    Causes Of Illness
    Any action/force which interferes with the balance and movement of bio-energy: one's constitution, psyche, lifestyle, trauma, environmental stress (nature or human). A foreign invader, an extraneous force or pathogen: distinct entities with unique causes originating outside the body for every clinical disorder.
    Multiple Causes
    Illness is the end result of multiple insults to the body. Singular causes for each disorder/or disease.
    Progression Of Illness
    Four stages of illness from
    1) energy imbalances causing
    2) functional changes that can initiate
    3) a progression of chronic illness preceding
    4) pathological changes in tissue.
    A progression of a particular disease is noted, but only disorders of form and structure (morphology) are recognized, not progression of functionality into structure.
    Personal Responsibility
    Key energetic changes are functions of one's psyche and lifestyle so preventing serious illness is primarily self care. Patient's stories are mistrusted and personal conditions considered irrelevant.
    The major thrust of medicine, so Chinese doctors were only paid if people stayed well. Not the primary concern, actively discouraged by original insurance plans.
    Model Of Medicine
    Man as ecosystem, a garden; harmony. Man as machine; conflict.
    The Physician
    As gardener, assistant: to cultivate life, to help patient get/stay well. As mechanic: to fix what is broken.
    Diagnosis: Understanding Illness
    Perceiving the relationships between all the patients signs and symptoms. Uncovering a disease entity separate from the patient's being.
    Preventing illness by balancing disharmonious energy and counseling lifestyle management. Curing named disease and suppressing symptoms through drugs or surgery.
    Of observation and experimentation, the original science, of anciently understood Einsteinian physics and quantum field mechanics where E=MC2. Of reduction and induction, analytic and controlled science, of a mechanical Newtonian physics, long ago proved wrong at the cosmic & sub-molecular levels.
    Measure For Diagnosis
    Human senses: pulse, tongue, eyes, coloring. Laboratory equipment.
    Must be balanced (rhythmically), free-flowing/circulating, and continually replenished/of sufficient quantity. Not considered.
    Mind and body are one, inextricably interconnected. All medicine is psychosomatics. Mind and body are separate and not necessarily connected.
    Iatrogenic Illness (physician caused)
    Virtually non-existent. 4th leading cause of death harms millions.
    Key Limitation
    Dependent on harmony with nature, it was not developed to deal with the worst of Western life: overwhelming and unprecedented environmental pollution, iatrogenic (physician-caused) illness, and consequences of the Western philosophy of individualism and the controlling and defeating nature. Unaware of energy-based physiology (Qi), it therefore cannot detect, classify, measure or alter its effects in its beginning stages of illness. From this flaw stem not only the remaining differences listed above, but the worst consequences of western medicine - regularly and inevitably, it harms people.
    Key Strengths
    Prevention, handling functional/chronic illness and self-care: Because it recognizes the key role of lifestyle and the psyche in energetic changes that can progress toward illness. Handling structural defects: trauma and life-threatening illnesses.
    Stress Solutions, by Marel Norwood, PhD.
    Vibrational Medicine, Dr.Richard Gerber, M.D.


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