Traditional Medicine

Although Western medicine is experiencing its greatest development, more and more people are interested in more natural and alternative treatments. It is hardly surprising. It seems that modern doctors are outdoing each other in stuffing us with less and less effective drugs and antibiotics that only alleviate symptoms, not really cure. A visit to a clinic is very often more about a cursory examination and writing a prescription than about actually dealing with the disease. Therefore, natural medicine finds more and more supporters.

In Chinese natural medicine, they look at the body as a whole – it is the body and mind that are inextricably interconnected, between which flows qi energy (the force necessary for the proper functioning of cells, the energy that drives the body) that keeps everything in natural harmony. All diseases are caused by disturbances in the flow of qi, its deficiency or excess in a given organ. The disease of one element affects the entire body, so the natural medicine doctor will focus on the whole. It will pay attention not only to the physical but also to the emotional state.

Diagnostics in Traditional Medicine

A very accurate diagnosis is the basis of Eastern medicine. The doctor will examine the heart rate, language, color and expression of the face and carefully ask about eating habits, sleep, and emotional state, and based on them will make a verdict and choose the appropriate, individual therapy tailored to the patient.

Natural medicine focuses primarily on a person’s lifestyle and habits. Does the patient eat well, sleep, exercise, and be active? It checks whether a given lifestyle is beneficial and healthy or not. If not, it tries to teach you a new approach and unlearn bad habits.

Chinese medicine divides all food products into hot and cold and classifies them into the category of five flavors. They should be consumed in appropriate amounts as excess or deficiency can lead to disease. The seasons are also important because, for example, eating citrus fruits that are “cold” in nature in winter, cools the body down, making it more susceptible to diseases.

The doctor will then smell and hear the patient. In this case, he will pay attention to the manner of speaking, the volume of the voice and its clarity. The speaking strength may be related to the excess or deficiency of qi energy. An important aspect is to examine the breathing pattern, whether it is fluid, whether the patient has any difficulties or is coughing. Your doctor will judge your health based on your smell, especially your mouth and sweat.

Variety of Traditional Medicine

However, when the diet does not help, the doctor turns to herbs, which are much more popular and more used in Asia than in the West. Herbs include not only plants, but also specificity of mineral and animal origin. It must be remembered that the use of eastern drugs requires a lot of experience, and they should be purchased only from proven sources. According to Chinese doctors, herbs have the power to restore the natural harmony between yin (focus, darkness, cold) and yang (heat, light, spreading).

Drug-resistant patients

If the herbs don’t work, then natural medicine practitioners turn to other therapies. These are mainly acupuncture, acupressure, massage and moxa. All of them are designed to improve qi circulation in the body. It is worth noting that doctors of natural medicine consider their failure when these measures also fail, and the patient must undergo surgical treatment. According to them, a scalpel is an undesirable last resort.

A Western medicine doctor is usually a specialist in one area and focuses on one problem. In natural medicine, the doctor will focus on the entire body. Health depends on all aspects – physical and mental, and everyone deserves attention. The important role of natural medicine is to prevent, not cure, diseases. Accurate diagnosis and tracking any disturbing, even the smallest changes in the body are aimed at anticipating the disease and preventing it. This is how natural medicine differs from Western medicine. The former is primarily to prevent the disease, the latter heals it.

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