Eastern Vs. Western Medicine: Why Should You Consider Both?
Since its origin in the 19th century, Western medicine has brought about a debate as to why or why not its practices are more effective than those of its ancient counterpart, Eastern medicine. With both sides heavily laden with benefits, patients commonly find themselves pressured to choose one side or the other, as if they were choosing a political party. The Center for Health Internal Medicine Associates doctor’s office in Downtown Reno acknowledges the numerous benefits of both practices and has raised the question: Why not consider both? In order to answer this question, we must first understand the difference between Eastern medicine and Western medicine.
While Western medicine aims to separate the health of the individual from the disease at hand, Eastern medicine proposes health as a balanced state versus an unbalanced state of being. The Western discipline considers anatomy and physiology, while the Eastern discipline considers the flow of Qi energy (pronounced “CHee”) and its effect on the human body.
Once viewed somewhat in our country as a last resort when modern medicine practices failed to resolve an issue, Eastern medicine has since become a popular choice when diagnosing health concerns. As our knowledge of the human body and mind continues to advance, many healthcare providers are beginning to consider the benefit of combining Western and Eastern medicinal practices rather than promoting one over the other. Where one method may not be effective, the other is. Or, better yet, practices from each discipline can work in stereo and complement each other to help restore or maintain a person’s well-being.
Rather than checking vitals such as temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation as Western medicine does, Eastern medicine diagnoses consist of a holistic approach where practitioners assign each of the five elements to one’s symptoms through abstract interpretation. Upon discovering symptoms, Eastern medicine aims to reestablish the balance between the body’s Yin (blood and body) and Yang (Qi energy). In general, Qi refers to the flow of life through humans. When an imbalance exists, disease and other symptoms may arise. Yin and Yang exist in Western medicine as well; Yin is one’s anatomy, and Yang is one’s physiology.
Aside from their methods of diagnosis, Eastern and Western medicine vary most through their method of treatment. While Eastern medicine uses homeopathic treatments such as acupuncture and natural medicine, Western medicine treats disease through prescription, surgery and a plethora of laboratory practice. Eastern medicine offers therapy that Western medicine cannot, and vice versa.
Although Eastern and Western medicine aim to accomplish the same goal of helping patients reach wellness, each offers its positives and negatives. Around our downtown Reno physician’s office, we believe that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds regarding medical care. Each form of medicine offers its own form of treatment, and if one offers relief from symptoms where the other doesn’t, combining the two can create a unique and comprehensive treatment. While Western medicine fixes physiological irregularities, allow Eastern medicine practices to restore balance to your mind and body.
While the Center for Health Internal Medicine in Reno offers the latest in Western medical practices, we understand the benefit that our patients may receive from employing Eastern medical treatments as well. Feel free to contact our Reno doctor’s office downtown with any questions you might have in terms of what we offer in house and what we refer out to other medical professionals in Reno.