Eastern vs. Western Medicine Pros & Cons

The other day one of my awesome clients asked me if I believe everything I’m learning about Oriental Medicine in the introductory class I’ve been taking since early September. Without hesitation, I simply said, “No.”

It really made me think, “why would I immerse myself in studying something if I don’t believe ALL of it?



I’ve immersed myself in a lengthy list of  fitness, healing modalities, diets and ways of eating, yoga and meditation practices, and productivity techniques. It’s a BIG hobby of mine that gratefully has become my career.

The one thing I’ve learned from it all is that it’s not a one way road.

I don’t believe any one system is perfect, and I don’t believe there’s a single solution, miracle pill, practice, workout, or technique that works for everyone and everything all the time. (Hence, my customized coaching program!) 🙂 

Although, I do believe we can all build a solid foundation in the basics: Postural awareness and daily movement, stress management and mindfulness, real food and intuitive eating, and taking responsibility for our well-being, thoughts, words, and actions.

We can learn A LOT about ourselves and what works for us by being open minded, learning about, and trying various forms of fitness, healing, ways of eating, and living.

So when it comes to whether to take the eastern or western approach I say, “Well it depends!” They both have pros and cons. Let’s take a look. 

Eastern

Pros:
– The intention is to cure the “root” of the issue.
– Eastern medicine like Oriental medicine and Ayurveda look at the person as a whole. It views a person as a mini-universe. We are one with nature so by observing nature, the patterns and rhythms, we can understand ourselves.
– Based on the individual and unique circumstances vs. one size fits all approach.
– It’s a 4,000 year old practice that continues to work well for a variety of conditions today.
– Takes into account lifestyle factors such as stress, diet, exercise, and environment and encourages positive habit change.
– Diet and lifestyle based on seasons and individual constitution.

Cons: 
– Black Box Theory: Diagnosis is made by observing what’s happening on the outside to determine what’s happening on the inside. Diagnosis techniques include checking a patients pulse, complexion, tongue, and questions….LOTS of questions. It’s a see and feel type practice. People may want hardcore data and lab results.

Ideal for: hormonal issues, menstrual issues, gut health/digestive health, inflammation, allergies, chronic aches and pains, low energy, low libido, keeping the body healthy and in balance, and when Western medicine just hasn’t worked.

Western

Pros:
– Strict quality control
– Advanced technology
– Data and testing

Cons: 
– Often times will only address the symptoms
– One size fits all approach
– Side effects and risks

Ideal for: ER type problems, broken bones, severe diseases, injuries where surgery is necessary, yearly testing and check-ups.

Best solution: Use both wisely and build your own self-care toolkit (CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW)

 

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