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  • Writer's pictureMaria C Colon-Gonzalez

Eastern and Western Medicine: taking care of our bodies for life

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Many people believe that Western medicine focuses solely on treating the symptoms of a disease. In contrast, Eastern medicine takes a more holistic approach by treating the person as a whole. Eastern medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda techniques, has been practiced much longer than conventional Western medicine. It aims to restore balance through alternative therapies, making it a valuable addition to treating chronic pain, addiction, stress, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Eastern medicine practitioners diagnose diseases by examining the entire body and focusing on imbalances. In contrast, Western medicine makes diagnoses based on a person's symptoms. Both types of testing and diagnosis can be helpful in different ways, with Western doctors skilled at identifying how a patient's symptoms may be related to a more significant health problem and Eastern doctors noticing other signs or issues that the patient may be unaware of or might not understand its effect on their health.

People often turn to Eastern medicine as a complementary treatment because it focuses more on preventing problems from happening than reacting to them when they arise. This contrasts Western medicine, which treats diseases as they occur. Western medicine offers access to technology, skilled surgeons, medications, and other options to treat complicated symptoms. At the same time, Eastern therapy helps people heal from internal ailments to function at their best. People need both types of care at the appropriate time to conserve their health.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies date back at least 2,200 years, making them one of the world's oldest medical systems. Ayurveda which originated in India perhaps as much as 3,000 years ago. Both are examples of older healing modalities to restore balance to the person in gentle yet powerful ways.

If you have been searching for an answer to your health or know of someone looking for other alternatives, share this blog with them.

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