Part 1 Modern Chinese Medicine

this is a Post I wrote on my other site… about 1 year ago… yes.. actually in january.. about my beginning to research and pray about WHICH way to go for treatment…  I thought I would share the two part posts here for those of you who are just beginning to learn about TCM vs MCM vs regular ABX treatment…

woah.. what’s TCM (Tradtional Chinese Medicine)

and… MCM (Modern Chinese Medicine)

and… ABX??? (Antibiotics)

ok 🙂  ok… here the post 🙂

Western & Chinese.. A bit of Philosophy…

I am trying to discern my “disease”… trying to learn about the different treatment options…
and this is a great place for me to put out there what I am learning…what I am digesting.
A place for me to present to you my “studies…” so, dearest readers, and friends… bear with me in this great adventure of mine…
I am like a soldier deciding on what weapons to best suit me to take into battle…
a warrior trying to find what armour will best FIT me…
and I want, I need to get it RIGHT…
we each only get ONE life to live..
ONE chance at living it and so…
I am researching
Eastern vs Western Medicine..
for you Bible Fat Heads…
the son’s of Shem vs the son’s of Japheth….
here is Part ONE

Philosophical Differences Between Western and Chinese Medicine

(Part 1– Western Medicine)

Western medicine is based on modern biomedical science and is an evidence-based medicine. Its methodology is fundamentally analytical and reductive. This method is very powerful in understanding the structure and function of the human body and disease-causing agents such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, virus, etc. Anatomy, histology, cytology, ultra-structure, molecular biology, and sub-molecular biology have given us a clear and detailed view of the physical and chemical structure of the body. The recently disclosed gene-map has even revealed our fundamental genetic make-up. These advances in health care have improved the quality of human life tremendously and because of this success, modern western medicine has become the predominant medical system in the world. However, no system is flawless and able to solve every problem. In the case of chronic diseases, the methodology of Western medicine is not always accommodating for three main reasons.

First, because no two individuals are the same, ideal medication has to be individualized. Unified therapeutic strategy (one disease one treatment, such as IFN-based treatment for Hepatitis C) used in western medicine cannot meet this requirement. Because of the great variability that exists among individual patients, properly prescribed treatment is still a mixed bag of science and art. Recently developed pharmacogenetics is trying to deal with this problem, but this branch of modern western medicine is still in its infancy and the present “one size fits all” method will only yield partial efficacy.

Second, although the analytical approach is powerful, being linear is also the weakness of modern western medicine. Because the human body is an open, large, and complex system, it is impossible to understand it by analyzing its subsystems alone. The sum of the parts will not add up to the whole because of the complex interdependencies that exist. The linear analytical approach of modern western medicine is accustomed to using the reduction method to simplify complicated clinical situations. One of the examples is the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. For this complicated liver disease, western medicine’s linear equation is HCV +(infects) Body = Hepatitis C; Body – (eradication) HCV = Cure. Conventional western hepatitis C treatment strategy based on this type of linear method is solely focused the eradication of the virus and fails to address the numerous other changes that a patient experiences once he or she is infected. In the chronic stage, there may be many pathological damages present and if a patient cannot tolerate or respond to the conventional anti-viral treatments, he or she is left with few options but to wait for newer anti-viral treatments.

Third, in this simplified model, human body’s role in the disease pathogenesis has disappeared. In reality, viral infections consist of two sides, the invading virus and the body’s reactions to this invasion. In the conventional western medical model, the human body’s reactions and pathological changes are rarely taken into account. So, the treatment strategy for chronic diseases such as Hepatitis C rarely includes measures to help the restoration of the liver and other body functions. After 20 to 30 years of a HCV infection, the pathogenetic factors can have much more profound effects on the liver disease progression than the etiological factor (the virus). Unfortunately, conventional western medical treatment is still focused solely on the etiologic factor and does not address the other complications of chronic liver disease. So far, the clinical outcome of treating chronic viral hepatitis using a pure analytical methodology has not been satisfactory. During the recent hepatitis C consensus development conference held in Washington in June, 2002, experts expressed their belief that only about 30% of hepatitis C patients are eligible for the interferon-based anti-viral treatments due to the potential side-effects. Of these eligible patients, the estimated response rate is only around 50%, leaving the majority of patients without alternatives in the conventional treatment arena.

These three major deficiencies in western medicine are the main reasons Hepatitis C patients are turning to alternatives such as Chinese medicine. (Part 2 will explore Chinese medicine and its methodology.)

This information was taken from Dr Zhang’s Web site.  Dr. Zhange has written the book, Lyme Disease and Modern Chinese Medicine.  It is a book that I am saving all my pennies to buy… 🙂  The site says THIS “An alternative treatment strategy developed by Zhang Clinic has been published by Dr. Qingcai Zhang and Yale Zhang of SinoMed Research Institute.”

This is a comprehensive book on the cause and treatment of Lyme disease using modern Chinese medicine, which I have found to be a better option than Western medicine for this difficult infection. Lyme disease is becoming more frequent in many parts of the world, is frequently misdiagnosed, and often resists treatment with antibiotics alone. Here is a new and hopeful way of looking at the disease and its management.

Dr. Andrew Weil, Harvard Medical School graduate and a leading figure in the field of alternative medicines”

My new blogging pal  Diane over at Hope to Heal is just one of a few people I have come across who is really healing from Lyme, and doing it, in a way I feel like I DO understand, a way I am trying to understand better.  She is of the Western Price ilk, as I am… She is a “do-er” of Nourishing Traditions … as I have begun to be these last couple of years.. and her heart, is one which seems quite kindred…
Learning to heal naturally, is something I have been learning to do these last 20 years, but busy with marriage, and children and home education, I have not pursued the study as I had initially had planned… It seems that plate is before me once again..

Do I pass it for a bowl of pills?  Or do I pursue it, and learn the herbs, and study this book, and drive to NY? hmm lots to pray about.. until I feel certain, and until I can ACT upon anything I will continue upon the course that is set…

Consider this some study notes… 🙂  feel FREE to comment.. or add things you come across 🙂


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