Pins & Needles

31 Jul

Acupuncture as healing?

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim, a family member’s girlfriend from Korea. She is currently living in China, studying Chinese medicine.

What is Chinese medicine exactly? I knew it included some holistic or “alternative” approaches to medicine, but didn’t know exactly what it entailed.

According to Wikipedia (the source of all reliable information, right?), “Chinese Medicine refers to a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and look back on a tradition of more than 2000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, and dietary therapy. These practices are a common part of medical care throughout East Asia, but are considered alternative medicine in the western world.”

Kim, as a medical student in China, receives both training in traditional Chinese Medicine as well as training and education in Modern Western Medicine. She shared with me that when she first began to learn about Chinese Medicine, she was intensely skeptical. But as she delved into this mystical world, she saw miracles occurring all around her and her colleagues. She is now a firm believer in Acupressure, Acupuncture (she cured her boyfriend’s injured back using this!) and certain forms of massage. She said, “I have a love for Western Medicine too. I believe in surgery. But I have even more love for Chinese Medicine”.

We do know that our nation specifically is over-medicated and over-diagnosed. We know there is a health epidemic in this country with obesity and other disease on the rise (a result of genetics or inherited lifestyle – I’m not sure). We also have more medication and technology than ever. So why do we have for the first time EVER a rising generation that has been predicted to out-die their parenting generation? I have my opinions (which I’ll save for another day) as I am sure many others have theirs.

I pose this question – is there some value to going back to the basics? To begin treating causes of disease and not symptoms? I realize there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding this topic but I wonder, who of you have tried alternative therapy? Did it work?

I blessedly have no prevailing ailments. I have had no life-threatening disease or injury. I periodically suffer from minor symptoms such as headaches and nausea (always a result of poor eating, I am convinced) which I will use essential oils to relieve. It has worked for me!

Please note that I am not condemning the modern medical world – I am grateful to live in a day when so many options are available for us.

What are your thoughts?

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