Chinese culture believes that there are five primal powers Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
In Chinese medicine doctors believe there are five organ networks consisting of Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, and Kidney
Western culture believe that the kidneys manage fluids metabolism.
Chinese believe that the kidney controls the teeth, bones, marrow, brain, inner ear, pupil of the eye, and lumbar region, and is associated with the emotion of fear, the will, and the capacity for sharp thinking and perception.
So problems such as retarded growth, ringing in the ears, infertility, low Back pain, paranoia, fuzzy thinking, weak vision.
Western medicine believes that the hearts function is to pump blood through the veins and arteries.
Chinese medicine teaches us that the heart when distressed affects the mind. Anxiety, restless sleep, angina and palpitations because of our distressed heart.
Western medicine teaches us that the Spleen is in charge of the assimilation of food and fluids.
Chinese medicine believes in addition to this it’s also responsible for ideas. So when disturbed , indigestion, bloating, fatigue, confused thinking, and poor concentration ensue.
Western medicine believes that the liver has limited functions which include the storage of blood as well as its filtration.
Chinese medicine teaches us that when the liver is not working properly you get tension in both your neck and shoulders. It can also cause high blood pressure, headaches, cramps, moodiness and strange mental behavior.
Western medicine believes that the lungs function is breathing and that with each breath the lungs take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide.
Chinese medicine believes that in addition to that when your lungs are having a problem tightness in your chest might occur, other symptoms might be skin rashes, colds, flu, and mental issues such as becoming melancholy or become ridged in your thinking.
Through the breath, the Lung sets the body rhythm, defends its boundaries, and affords inspiration. A troubled Lung might trigger tightness in the chest, skin rashes, vulnerability to colds or flus, rigid thinking, or melancholy.
Western medicine relies of drugs to control symptoms but not the disease itself.
While it’s true that antibiotics eliminate bacteria they do not however improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics remove excess fluid but do not improve their kidney function.
Chinese medicine using herbs treat the condition as defined by traditional diagnosis and rarely cause unwanted side-effects
Because Chinese medicine views people as ecosystems in miniature, it seeks to improve our capacity to balance and renew our resources.
Western medicine intervines only after crisis arise.
Chinese medicine anticipates what our bodies are going to need.
One of the major assumptions inherent in traditional Chinese medicine is that disease is due to an internal imbalance of Yin and Yang; therefore disease can be treated by correcting the Yin Yang imbalance, thereby returning the body to a healthy state.
Western medicine tends to approach disease by assuming that it is due to an external force, such as a virus or bacteria, or a slow degeneration of the functional ability of the body.
I have learned that both Chinese and Western concepts are valid alternatives.
Western medicine is based on the philosophy that the body represents one functioning system and the mind another It accepts that each system may affect the other, but essentially it sees disease as either physical or mental.
The Chinese believe that the body is whole, and each part of it is intimately connected. Each organ has a mental as well as a physical function.
Western doctors and pharmaceutical companies work on the basis that there Is a pill for every ill. The philosophical approach behind this idea is that an external force, or chemical, can cure disease, but although some pills are of great value, both the general public and the medical profession have become considerably more skeptical about the widespread use of such chemicals.
Traditional Chinese medicine states that the body has the potential to cure its own diseases if pushed in the correct way.
The major disadvantage of Western medicine is that it has the potential to cause a great deal of harm.
In spite of their radically different philosophical assumptions it is wiser to look at these two medical systems as mutually beneficial, rather than mutually exclusive.
Each system has ideas and therapeutic methods that can be explained both scientifically and philosophically, each can benefit the individual, and together they can broaden the philosophical and ideological basis of medicine.
The Balance of Nature The Chinese believe that health is achieved, and disease prevented, by maintaining the body in a ‘balanced state’. This concept was applied to both individuals and society at large. In individual terms the ancient Chinese physicians preached moderation in all things, such as alcoholic intake and gastronomic excess. They also stated that daily activities should include mental as well as physical tasks.
The Chinese culture was also one of the first to grasp the potential within the broader field of preventative medicine. Many of these ideas were effected in the public health measures.