The confusion comes into play because Chinese medicine operates from a completely different paradigm than allopathic medicine. Yes, I am still going to ask you about your symptoms, but I am going to ask about things that may seem unrelated to your condition. Why? Because although they are not viewed as being related in allopathic medicine, within the paradigm of Chinese medicine, they may be very closely related and may give me a great deal more information about the cause of your condition.
Another difference between Western medicine and Chinese medicine is that I will be addressing your condition from several angles – there will be treatments focused on resolving your symptoms, and there will be treatments and recommendations that address the underlying cause of your symptoms. If I stop at resolving your symptoms, they will either return, or be replaced by different symptoms that are also caused by the same underlying imbalance.
Additionally, I’m going to talk to you about lifestyle and dietary recommendations. I can help resolve imbalances and symptoms, but you are the one that can make changes that will help prevent illnesses. Some of those changes might be around what foods you eat, how much you sleep and how much movement you get in your day. They might be about bringing moments of quiet and rest into your life more regularly, or they may be about spending more time in nature or enjoying loved ones. All of these things contribute to your health and well-being. All of these things improve or exacerbate your condition. Together we can bring you into a place where you are creating the right balance of activity and rest, good food and laughter to help reduce the likelihood of further illness.