TREATMENT METHODS OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
In recent years more and more people are showing interest in Chinese medicine and to healing the body using natural methods (food, water, air, light, positive emotions, movement) and non-traditional treatments (massage, acupuncture, vacuum, homeopathy, qigong, tai Chi). The West is becoming more and more popular centers of Chinese traditional medicine. Many people have a hard time trying to understand how the various components of traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture, massage, herbs and various medicines can treat serious illness.
Turning to the center of Chinese medicine many people have to face such traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Western school terms as: types of energy Yin and Yang, qi, meridians, and many others. Eastern medicine, unlike Western, is a human system structure, highlighting it four levels: physical body, Meridian system, emotions and psyche.
In the centers of Chinese medicine to describe the structure of the human body, physiological functions and pathological changes, as well as for diagnosis and treatment of diseases based on ancient Chinese theory “Yin-Yang”. The essence of this theory consists in the fact that there are two types of energy Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine). These are two opposing but interpenetrating and complementary form of energy.
From the point of view of Eastern philosophy everything in the world exists according to the laws of “Yin – Yang” (reaching extremes, the thing inevitably turns into its opposite). When the balance of Yin – Yang in a living organism we can speak about a pathological state. In Chinese medical centers do not consider separately the body, the disease or the diseased organ, such as heart or asthma, Chinese doctors see the weight of the body in the interaction of its parts. Often the cause of illness is poor food, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, stress or other causes.
Chinese doctors distinguish the main groups of causes of diseases:
– internal causes (or “seven moods”): excessive joy, grief, anger, fear, longing, love and desire.
– external (or “six’s too”): wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness, fire.
– neutral, those that influence from the outside: eating disorders, poisoning, bruises.
How the diagnosis is being made in the centers of Chinese medicine? There are four main methods of diagnosis:
1. Inspection – at this stage, the doctor, relying on his intuition and insight, conducts an external examination, paying particular attention to the condition of the face, tongue and eyes of the patient.
2. In the second step the doctor uses his hearing and sense of smell. He sniffs the air and listens to the patient’s body. It is believed that the voice and the smell of the human body, are important individual characteristics that carry important information about the patient’s health.
3. Poll – Chinese doctors listen to patient’s complaints, ask questions to clarify the symptoms of the disease. Of particular importance in diagnosis is given to how the patient feels heat and cold, and also very important indicators (odor, color) physiological perspiration: sweat, urine, feces.
4. Feeling – primarily the heart rate. This method is in some cases helps to instantly diagnose the disease.
Then, on the basis of the diagnosis the doctor gives advice and prescribes treatment. If the imbalance in the body is high, the treatment may take longer than usual. In centers of traditional Chinese medicine widely used treatment methods such as the impact on the active points of acupuncture and heat, massage, exercises dyhatelnaya practiced gymnastics Qigong, as well as special recipes are the decoctions, which are prepared individually for each patient.
American scientists have revealed an interesting statistic: in 2001, U.S. registered 627 million visits to centers of Chinese medicine, while the treatment of family doctors was only 386 million. This caused shock and concern among the representatives of official medicine, as most of the service centers of traditional Chinese medicine used in primarily people with tertiary education.
So why people prefer Chinese medicine? The reason is quite simple – it’s safe and it works! Despite the many positive aspects of Chinese medicine, you need to understand that it is mainly aimed at the prevention and treatment of internal chronic or indolent diseases. If a person gets into an accident or falls ill severe progressive illness, he simply can not do without traditional Western medicine and of course, in such cases it is unlikely anyone in the first place is to apply to the centers of Chinese traditional medicine.
Of course, you can choose Western medicine or turn to traditional Chinese, the main principle, with which agree the doctors of both schools is the principle of “do No harm!” Health, as life is personal wealth and how to use them depends on the desires, knowledge and skills of the person. No doctor can make a person healthy, if the man himself decides to take an active part.