I can understand why there’s so much confusion. It’s hard to find good information out there. In fact, a lot of doctor’s don’t know much about acupuncture or Chinese medicine, so when you ask them for advice, they only know about the latest study they read, which might be about pain management or fertility treatments. This isn’t really their fault. Doctors are busy treating patients and keeping up with advances in Western medicine. They may not have time or good resources to understand much about Chinese medicine.
So, let me help. Chinese medicine is a COMPLETE system of medicine. It can help ease your pain, it can help reduce your chronic symptoms, it can help with fertility issues. Chinese medicine can help you manage your stress, and can help you stay well. Your Chinese medicine practitioner will not treat specific Western diseases. Instead they will look at your constellation of symptoms, they will look at your tongue and listen to your pulses and make a Chinese medicine diagnosis that addresses your symptoms, and their cause, from a Chinese medicine perspective. This helps them to know what acupuncture points and which herbs are appropriate for your needs.
Chinese medicine is about making sure that the energetic systems of your body, which run the physical systems of your body, are working well. I know that sounds a little out there – but in a way, it’s a little like the way the electricity in your house runs the lights and temperature and appliances in your house. The ancient Chinese, of course, didn’t have electricity, so they often compared the body to nature, and the acupuncture meridians to water ways.
So, when you wonder about what Chinese medicine can do for a person, the answer is that it addresses the health and well-being of all of our systems, be they physical, mental, or spiritual. Why? Because Chinese medicine knows that we are one whole and complete being. Anything that affects us, affects the whole of us.
If you want to see different ways Chinese medicine can support you, take a look at the Gate of Life Wellness Facebook page. I post articles and studies there all the time to help folks get a clearer view of the scope of Chinese medicine.