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Most people grown up with the same types of medical treatments, going to see their doctor for various aches and pains. Doctors who practise western medicine are interested in the structure of the body and how individual organ structure should appear when healthy. Western medicine has developed tools that aids in seeing these structures better such as the microscope, MRIs and the x-ray camera. On the other hand, Chinese medicine, the basis for acupuncture, is internested in the way natural forces, functioning both externally and internally, affect people.
Chinese medicine has developed an understanding of the way the circulation of blood and energy (called Qi) affects a person's health, and how seasons, emotions, and weather disturbs these flows. This has resulted in western medicine developing an amazing number of solutions based on anatomy, whereas the science behind acupuncture has resulted in development of many applications of a few basic principles based on physiology.
Their study of health is also reflected in their analysis of body chemistry. Since western medicine studies the structure of many different fluids, they can tell you the normal range for sodium ions is, or the shape red blood cells should be. Chinese medicine and acupuncture is focused on Qi energy, the circulation of Qi, climatic conditions, polarities (such as Yin and Yang), and the connection between physical substances and energy. Though Chinese medicine does consider fluids and tissues important, it's mainly for their reactions to fundamental processes.
Western medicine also has a differing view of acceptable treatments. A good example is how a viral infection is treated, where the main problem is the virus. Once the virus is rendered harmless, the patient is viewed as being cured. In There are special cases, such as transplants or HIV positive patients, where much effort is taken to deal with the immune system as well.
The philosophy of acupuncture determines that the likely reason a virus could flourish was because of an imbalance in the patient's physical or emotional state, including their personal habits, and possibly their climate conditions. The virus is certainly dealt with, however a patinet's entire well being is much more important.
Another difference between Western Medicine is how Chinese medicine views emotional and mental problems. These traditionally have been part of an acupuncture diagnosis and treatment. Any emotional imbalance could cause a physical ailment, however, this isn't looked upon as a "psychosomatic disorder" and dismissed. The emotional imbalance is also treated with acupuncture, which will restore correct flow of energy, and thus these ailments will both be treated. Western medicine has only just started treating mental illness as a part of physical health in the last 30 years but by relying on such procedures as blood analysis.
All three, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and western medicine have contributed much to the healing arts, even though they heve two quite distinct and different viewpoints and methods.
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