Chinese Acupuncture Medicine works a different way to Western Medicine. For a start it's based on over 2500 years of experience with health traditions vastly different from ours in the West.
Chinese medicine theory is also quite different to that of western medicine. The way it treats people is also quite different, with treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, herbs, tai chi and meditation.
In China and many other countries that owe their medicine to China, acupuncture is a vital tool for health.
Using those traditional Chinese theories means that when acupuncture is used to treat diseases in the West, the condition for each patient is first diagnosed in terms of Chinese medicine - often into what are called 'syndromes'.
Treatment is then given according to that diagnosis and syndromes, not according to the name of the disease as described in Western medical literature.
So traditional acupuncture doesn't treat diseases with names as does a Western trained doctor. Take headache: it could be caused by a range of syndromes in Chinese medicine, and each would require a different form of treatment.
So just saying Chinese medicine can cure headaches is a nonsense. Actually, to be fair, your Western doctor would also take care to diagnose your headache and then design a treatment according to his diagnosis.
The point is that the philosophy of Chinese Medicine is radically different to that of orthodox Western medicine and treatment is given for entirely different reasons.
So it can and does treat conditions according to its own form of diagnosis. Down below you'll find how acupuncture theory might explain a few Western-named disease conditions.
My book "Yuck! Phlegm!" shows you how to apply the ideas in Chinese medicine to clear your phlegm.
Get past the lurid cover, and you'll find which suggestions made on the internet for phlegm apply to you (and your phlegm) and which ones don't - and why they don't!
In each case the condition is given a range of possible diagnoses in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Of course in any individual case, the diagnosis might be one or more of the given descriptions in combination, or possibly another not described.
Whether it can cure a disease with a Western name is a moot point. It depends on the underlying diagnosis and treatment.
Much more research may be needed before Western scientists are persuaded that a system which in their eyes is a pseudoscience can actually work! Not all the anecdotal evidence in the world is good enough for them.
This explains why Chinese medicine embraced and benefited from the ideas of Western medicine almost immediately.
Conversely, Western medicine is extremely suspicious of Chinese medicine, preferring not to admit to using it until how it works is understood in scientific terms.
From this page you can reach a number of pages each on a different disease. They show how Chinese medicine might understand the condition and how acupuncture medicine could treat it.
Click below to find out how Chinese medicine explains, and acupuncture might be used for:
Then, have a look at Cold Showers! to see how Chinese medicine can help you sort out the right way to do all sorts of interesting things!
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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