Tradition Medicine vs Alternative Medicine: East
Meets West

In America,  we primarily rely on medical doctors for our “health”. Our definition of
health is to be without disease. However, health has a much deeper meaning. The world
health organization defines health as:  “Health is a state of complete physical, mental
and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” As anyone
with thyroid symptoms can tell you their blood work may be “normal” but they still feel

Whole medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice. Often,
these systems have evolved apart from and earlier than the conventional medical
approach used in the United States. Examples include acupuncture, traditional Chinese
medicine, and homeopathy.

In Eastern medical philosophy, the concept of health can be simplified into the
principle of keeping the five main organs - the spleen, heart, kidneys, lungs and liver -
in balance. These five organs work together with other systems in the body to fulfill
their physiological functions, but also perform other specially designated functions.
Each of the five organs interacts with the others.

Emphasis on these areas of health is an aspect of preventative medicine that is
underutilized in the Western medical system. Health becomes more than the absence of
disease or illness; it is the body's ability to preserve a balanced relationship with itself
and the outside world. This is a different kind of medicine than most of us are used to,
since Western medicine relies on treating illness, removing the organisms that make us
sick with medications, and surgically removing what is not normal. This philosophy
gets to the CAUSE of disease not just treating the symptoms.

In the west, we focus on symptom suppression. A collection of symptoms are given a
name or “diagnosis” and then are treated with various medications. Our system does
not look at the body as a whole but rather as parts-as you probably know if you have
been referred to a specialist for a particular problem..i.e. gastroenterologist or
neurologist.  Treatment of a disease process is addressed after it shows in your blood
work or on some type of medical test. It is not to say that medical tests are not
warranted –they are-but we need to look at prevention as it has a much higher success
rate for health.  

Luckily, alternative and integrated medicine is becoming more popular in America.  
You can boost your defense system by incorporating forms of preventative medicine
into your life. Classic medical textbooks discuss treating patients for health conditions
a season or two before they begin. The body becomes stronger before it is attacked by
illness. This is especially useful for people who are prone to seasonal health conditions.

Let’s place our emphasis on looking whole body processes and catching abnormalities
before they reach the disease stage as in the Eastern Cultures.  

At Balanced Body Wellness Centre we concentrate on preventing disease and
promoting health.  We look for the cause of your symptoms utilizing various labs and
diagnostic techniques. For more information contact our office.
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