Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of the benefits of Eastern medicine. However, there are many things we can learn from this practice since its fundamental beliefs are quite different from the Western medicine traditions we have become accustomed to in the United States.
• Focus on the diagnosis, not just the treatment
Taking a handful of pain pills each day does nothing to actually heal the source of the pain. Instead, TCM physicians will focus mainly on finding the root of the problem, so you will not have to continue with the pain medications.
• Treat the body as a whole
Instead of only concentrating on specific body parts or organ systems, Eastern medicine focuses on the whole person. This means inquiring about family life, work, school, and any other stressors that may be negatively impacting your health.
• Doctors shouldn’t just heal when there is a problem
Typically, we will only see a doctor when we are sick or hurt and want to feel better. However, Eastern medicine doctors will also focus on keeping you healthy overall. Just like your car needs a tune-up every few months to continue running properly, your body needs an occasional “tune-up” in order to feel well on a regular basis.
• Newer isn’t always better
While we are always searching for the newest, most advanced medical techniques, TCM doctors are relying on methods that have been working well for thousands of years.