How is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine different from western medicine?
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words:
In western bio-medicine and pharmacy, the approach to medicine has become increasingly mechanical and compartmentalised. The body has been separated from your mental and the emotional aspects and is viewed as a collection of lab values and even components, much like your car. These components can be tested and removed and replaced almost at-will these days. Doctors have become specialised in a specific component, to the exclusion of a view of the entire body or being. The focus is always on the faulty component or invading germ and treatment generally involves cut, poison and burn therapies.
In Chinese medicine, the approach to medicine remains holistic, natural and organic. The body, mind and spirit are seen as an inter-related landscape which define the state of health and wellness of the whole person, the whole being - body, mind and spirit. The Chinese medicine practitioner is much more of a gardener than a mechanic. We see our role in terms of creating a harmonious landscape to provide the framework for deep healing and robust wellness. We tonify and nourish those things inside that are insufficient, and we activate those things that are stuck or obstructed. In short we make certain that your landscape has sufficient sunlight and warmth, water that is flowing and full of minerals, and good soil quality. When there is harmony between yin and yang, qi and blood, and the five elements, dis-ease cannot exist. We treat people, not faulty components.
A primer from Aussie TV
check out this very cool short - does acupuncture work - from a colleague and acupuncture hero across the pond in Queensland, Australia: Steven Janz