Why are people turning away from Western medicine?

Western culture grows out of the ideals of Christianity and the legacy of ancient Greece and Rome. Medicine as we know it today was born at the foot of the Acropolis. The most famous Greek doctor, referred to as the “father of medicine” was Hippocrates, whose oath still obliges doctors today. A mythological representation of doctors was Asclepius (better known as the Roman Aesculapius), whose serpent is still a symbol of medicine and doctors in general to this day. Medicine in this sense was therefore something sublime, extremely prestigious and unavailable to everyone. The doctor was treated like a hero. Meanwhile, Eastern culture had completely different ideals to offer the world and man. More human, down-to-earth, helping here and now. Drawing from the wisdom of the Far Eastern world. Perhaps that is why today people, doubting Western medicine, are turning towards it …

A Brief History – Western Medicine

Called conventional or classical medicine, medicine in the present sense of the word was born centuries ago, in antiquity. Although Hippocrates himself did not invent the oath, which is still the basis of medical ethics to this day, his students did it, so the legacy he left behind is immortal. You could say that the principle is realized in it non omnis moriar. The medical culture of the Western world is therefore based on respect for the patient, love of life, keeping it even despite requests or orders. It also refers to keeping secrets, looking at the patient beyond his corporeality and sexuality. In short, although it treats the patient as life, it is the life of the object, not of a specific person. It can be said that this is a classic case study. The development of medicine is the development of knowledge about the world and man. However, Western culture first acted and then understood. This was the case with newborns, who, according to reports, were not supposed to feel pain, so all operations (and so even until the end of the 19th century!) Were performed without any anesthesia or painkillers. More than once, in order to cure someone of a disease or discover something really important in the human body, a patient was led to death. It is worth citing the example of X-ray, who invented today’s x-ray, but at the same time irradiated and led to the death of his wife. Along with the progress of civilization, the need for prophylaxis, observation, knowledge and a careful approach to the patient’s life began to be noticed. The world, however, was striving for a border that was crossed far beyond the end of the 19th century. Today, conventional medicine is able to cure many diseases. He can control plagues, fight viruses, bacteria and fungi. Pharmacies sprout like mushrooms after rain, and their contents bend from various medications. So what if the prices of real drugs exceed all expectations and their impact on our health has not been fully researched. So what if hundreds of diseases are still waiting to be cured, especially those that come from ourselves. Today, medicine offers opportunities that go beyond the imagination of Hippocrates. At the same time, it became inaccessible and expensive. It allows you to shorten life, eliminate unborn children, artificially prolong the vegetative state and transplant organs. In macro terms, she is irreplaceable, independent, looks down on you and never guarantees that she will take care of you. Maybe, if she has time … It’s not human, and it should serve people. The modern world in pursuit of money has lost the idea of help that Hippocrates talked about. Instead, he gave tools that can often work wonders. That is why we know how to heal, but not really looking forward to this treatment. So it’s no surprise that in many cases people seek help elsewhere. Usually wherever they find at least understanding. Where a man still means something, and not only a file of hundreds. Of course, there are many countries where health care is better organized than in Poland. However, whether it likes it or not, conventional medicine becomes either ineffective or destined for the rich.

The business of medicines and patented preparations in the European Union and in the world aims to ban natural healing methods, in particular the achievements of Traditional Medical Systems. Politicians are targeting herbs and herbal medicine. Under the guise of caring for the public good, people are slowly being banned from using safe and proven methods known for centuries. All this is done at the expense of alternative medicine and patients, who are often condemned to palliative treatment, do not receive any help from people who have multimillion-dollar diagnostic equipment, and yet are unable to cure their ailments. Not without an apparently famous American lobbyist stated, “Who controls food and drugs controls society.”

Short History – Eastern Medicine

Natural medicine proposes a thoroughly humanistic approach. Also called unconventional as well as traditional and non-traditional. The point of view is the key here. Traditional medicine of China is an old, almost prehistoric way of combating various diseases, diseases and infections. These are inherently available methods that were available in the first centuries of our era and are still available today. The real alternative medicine was born when no one had heard of conventions yet. When the world was ruled by utterly brutal instincts. However, it was necessary to cope. And the old Far East world knew how to go about it. The herbalists collected and dried herbs to deal with various ailments. The knowledge was passed on from the great-grandfather, it was not written down anywhere. Sages trained in the art of observing the human body performed complex procedures called acupuncture or acupressure. People were listened to and people were watched. Hence the secret knowledge that made it possible to properly use even what the forest had brought. It was not experimented with, and was based on the observation and wisdom of the ancestors. Touch, gifts of nature, proper management of human energy, also psychological research in the current feng shui. All of this comprised natural medicine in the past centuries, in ancient China, in the medieval Japanese Empire, and in what is today South Korea. Knowledge that people had from the old days, from stories, from ancestors and from religion, was the basis of medicine. This, in turn, has not changed as radically as Western medicine. It is orderly, known for years and still effective. Of course, today conventional medicine is in force in the Far East. There is no negation of technological achievements or modern knowledge. However, often this knowledge simply confirms what was popularly known for a long time. Each branch of traditional medicine was soaked with conventional medicine, but still remained itself. There is no waste of knowledge today. Utilizing it completely is a must, therefore both medicines should work together and complement each other.

The greatest advantage of Traditional Medical Systems over conventional medicine systems is a cheap, effective and safe method of diagnosis. A traditional medicine doctor spends a lot of time observing various aspects of the patient’s body, such as: eyes, ears, face, skin and sweating, and even the smell – all this means that the visit to a good therapist is not short. The therapist often combines the acquired knowledge of an internist, traditional medicine doctor and clinical practice in one medical visit. We are talking about certified specialists in traditional medicine and acupuncture, which many practice in the East, combining the knowledge of classical medicine with eastern medicine. Such a combination gives excellent results in the treatment, disease prevention and, most importantly, in the detection of foci of future diseases. As a preventive method, alternative medicine has the most to offer. It is always better to prevent than to cure.

Treatment or support for the treatment of various ailments with the integrated method using the achievements of acupuncture is almost always surprising in its positive health effects on the human body. It is possible to treat a given ailment also to get rid of others that were associated with it and to improve the quality of life. In my work, I often had patients who experienced a significant improvement after 3 or 4 treatments and did not need any further. Acupuncture is characterized by the fact that when used together with other achievements of traditional and even classical medicine, it perfectly complements them and works in synergy, so that the doses of drugs normally used may be limited. Needle treatments work up to 6 months from the last series, and the effects are permanent. Based on thousands of years of observation and research, it is a very safe and reliable method with virtually no side effects. In the hands of an experienced doctor, it is a powerful weapon in the fight against disease, and for a healthy person a great alternative to maintaining health and natural immunity.

Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin

Acupressure and the treatment of “diseases of the soul”

Another method, developed on the basis of acupuncture, is acupressure. It literally means “needle pressure”. However, it is not done with tools, but with hands. He is over 7,000 years old and focuses on appropriate touch, stroking, scratching and other stimulating the right parts of the body. It is called the “soft version of acupuncture”. First of all, it is safe, it does not cause side effects, although if used improperly, it can be harmful. According to researchers and doctors, acupressure is ideal for all diseases related to the human psyche. It is known for a long time how strong the power contained in our brain is. Adequate stimulation of energy channels allows the release of endorphins and helps brain receptors. One of such certificates is a description of an employee of one of the natural medicine clinics:

About 15 years ago, a 36-year-old woman working as a psychologist came to the acupressure clinic in Kłodzko. After giving birth to a long-awaited child, she had enormous fears of leaving the house and other so-called vegetative ailments. Massage of all weakened points was performed twice a week for six months. To this day, she massages her feet prophylactically, once a week. The massage resulted in a complete recovery and a return to full professional activity.[4]

These are not the only reports that influence the reception of acupressure treatments in Europe. Wherever classical medicine can offer only tranquilizers, believing, in a sense rightly, that most of these diseases are caused by stress and inappropriate lifestyle, alternative medicine understands, touches and stimulates the body in response to stimuli. Acupressure can help treat:

  • migraines;
  • allergies;
  • infertility problems;
  • asthma;
  • digestive system diseases;
  • depression;

Therefore, it is not worth wondering where conventional medicine lost its original intention. Was it a profit or a segregation of people, or maybe some kind of pride? However, it is worth understanding that natural medicine is complementary to Western medicine, so it should coexist. On equal terms.

Eastern massage is inextricably linked with acupressure. A good specialist in eastern medicine and acupuncture knows perfectly well the location of acupressure points and their proper name in the Chinese nomenclature. Each acupuncture and acupressure point has its own special Chinese name. By stimulating places on the human body, the appropriate reaction effect is achieved. In this way, you can, for example: calm the body under stress, raise or lower blood pressure, improve the performance of specific muscles and tendons, support the recovery processes after injuries, and even affect the centers of addiction to alcohol, nicotine or drugs. Very often, acupressure is used interchangeably with acupuncture or as a supplement to the treatment of moxing.

Herbal medicine, i.e. the not fully used potential

The third link of folk medicine is herbal medicine. It is an ancient belief in the magic power of herbs, spices, plants, in short – belief in the magic of nature. It fits both the present-day line of conventional medicine and the religious beliefs of the peoples of the Far East and Europe. However, the degree to which Western medicine today uses the wisdom of the Far East (but not only) from natural forces is unsatisfactory. Nevertheless, out of the three, acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine is the third that gains the most supporters among doctors of classical medicine of Hippocrates.

“Let food be medicine and medicine be food”

Hippocrates (460-370 BC)

Hippocrates laid the foundations for modern medicine. He believed that the human body had an innate ability to heal itself. “First do no harm.” “Let food be a medicine.” His “Hippocratic Oath” is still being made by modern doctors. However, since the time of Hippocrates, the approach to treating disease has changed …

Very high safety of herbal medicine

Herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, has been functioning in the history of ancient peoples of the Far East for many centuries. Using the power of plants, not only as nutrients for the daily diet, but also as a medicine, became the basis of the beliefs of the local peoples. However, the settlements that began to appear in Europe also believed in this type of help from nature. Old Polish herbs were known throughout the region, and those that knew what they would work on were called witches. Thus, the ability to observe space was comparable in the Western and Far Eastern world. So what influenced the negation of this type of ingredients? Not at all the Christian religion which, especially in the Middle Ages, fueled interest in herbs.

No wonder that medicine has taken over many ingredients to include them in the composition of drugs. At the same time, it spoiled them. The knowledge did not pass to doctors, and the herbalists began to hide from sharing it. Meanwhile, the Far East world uses this wisdom to this day. No wonder then that many diseases for which conventional medicine cannot cure are treated with herbs. This is the case, for example, with the simple flu, some strains of which can be difficult to combat. Medicine does not offer any medications, but only supports the functioning of the body itself. The so-called home methods, and this knowledge is difficult to find today in our latitude.

It is difficult to clearly define what herbs are best for. They are known to be non-invasive and have no side effects, as long as they are used for their intended purpose. They help to:

  • burns, cuts, skin diseases;
  • menstrual cramps;
  • stomach aches, digestive problems;
  • shattered nerves;
  • strengthening the body;
  • flu, bacterial and parasitic diseases

Their use could be multiplied, but at first glance you can see that folk wisdom is expressed here in quantity and quality.

The crisis in conventional medicine is based primarily on the lack of faith in the effectiveness of its aid. This is not a positive phenomenon, as science must go hand in hand with knowledge. That is why it is not worth forgetting about the treatment with the most easily available means, but all diseases that cannot be cured in this “classic” way make people turn away from medicine and shift their interest towards natural medicine. It is closer to people and offers clear and simple help. It does not provoke queues or spending crazy sums. It doesn’t matter, but it can help. Therefore, it is worth remembering that both forms of treatment are important and neither of them should be barred.

Many excellent doctors of traditional medicine live and work in Europe and in Poland. Currently, you do not need to go to China, Mongolia or Japan to use their services. It is possible that in your area you will find the specialist you are looking for. The times when the knowledge of Traditional Medicine was knowledge passed down from father to son is history. Many excellent medical schools already educate doctors in medical faculties in such specialties as: clinical acupuncture, traditional medicine, herbal medicine, Eastern massage.

The country from which I come from Mongolia is one of the leaders where huge financial outlays and government support went to the promotion of natural medical systems.

Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin

Bibliography:

[1] Gazeta Lekarska, interview with prof. dr. hab. Piotr Woźniak, president of the Polish Society of Acupuncture, http://gazetalekarska.pl/?p=34613, accessed: 23/03/2018.

[2] Idem.

[3] Gazeta Lekarska, interview with prof. dr. hab. Piotr Woźniak, president of the Polish Society of Acupuncture, http://gazetalekarska.pl/?p=34613, accessed: 23/03/2018.

[4] Akademia Długowieczności, http://longevitas.pl/przygoda-z-akupresura-swiadectwo/, accessed on: 23/03/2018.

Bibliography:

[1] Gazeta Lekarska, interview with prof. dr. hab. Piotr Woźniak, president of the Polish Society of Acupuncture, http://gazetalekarska.pl/?p=34613, accessed: 23/03/2018.

[2] Idem.

[3] Gazeta Lekarska, interview with prof. dr. hab. Piotr Woźniak, president of the Polish Society of Acupuncture, http://gazetalekarska.pl/?p=34613, accessed: 23/03/2018.

[4] Akademia Długowieczności, http://longevitas.pl/przygoda-z-akupresura-swiadectwo/, accessed on: 23/03/2018.

The scope of our assistance:

Eastern Traditional Medical Systems (TSM)

Traditional Tibetan-Mongolian Medicine (TMM)

Classical medicine - internal medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Prof Enji’s books

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