To meet the unique health needs of an individual by delivering effective treatments which integrate both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and to promote wellness to the community by providing education in health awareness, maintenance, and disease prevention.
Western Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine
Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are fundamentally different.
This difference isn’t limited to the choice of drugs or therapies used (in fact, TCM practitioners in China use antibiotics, Western drugs, and Western diagnostic tools all the time). Instead, the greatest difference between the approaches is the reasoning behind the choices they make.
Since each system understands life very differentlly, their approach to treatment varries considerably. (A different understanding of what life is, what makes people healthy, and why people get sick leads to differences in how to diagnose or measure illness, what role medicine plays, and how to measure the effects and value of medication).
Western (Allopathic) Medicine
The body is an engine: it is made up of interacting mechanical parts (which are separate and distinct from their external environment).
Ideally, all component parts work with each other in a specific, coordinated, and sequential way. Health is seen as the ability to do this, regardless of the external conditions the parts are exposed to.
Changes from the healthy state are seen as problems, and the parts responsible are seen as broken (in need of fixing or replacement).
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The body is a living thing: its network of functions are a product of the environment supporting it, and respond or adapt to changes in it.
Networks of related activity mean systems respond to and influence each other (as opposed to a cause-effect sequence). Health is seen as the ability to respond, change, or adapt to differing conditions.
Predictable abnormalities are usually reactions to unhealthy conditions. Problems originating from individual components exist, but are rare.
Mechanical things are separate from both the environment that houses them and the energy that fuels them.
Isolation or shelter from environmental exposure prevents damage and maintains their integrity.
The longer you remove them from their energy source, the longer they last.
They are well suited to sterile conditions.
Living things are a product (or progression) of both their environment conditions and the fuel that feeds them.
Their environment controls their ability to derive nutrition; isolating them from it weakens or kills them.
If you remove their energy source, they start to metabolize themselves and die.
They cannot survive in sterile conditions.
Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology
A cascade of abnormal events, components, or physiological actions is identified as a disease.
The cascade is traced back to the first occurence of abnormality(ies) in the body. This is identified as the cause of the disease.
The anatomy (seen as the subject of disease) is directly altered to be in line with how it appears when the body is healthy.
The body is assessed as a whole to determine what abnormal conditions are imbalancing it.
Abnormal functions and their progression through the body give insight into which systems are affected. This is considered the disease.
The physiology (seen as the object of disease) is indirectly altered by exposing it to an environment which promotes health.
Application (Illustrated on a Withering Plant)
Diagnosis (focused inside the plant) reveals lowered overall venous pressure, structural proteins changes, cholesterols etc…
Pressure is simulated by saline injections, proteins and cholesterols are supplemented, resulting in the plant quickly returning to a fulll, upright state.
Over time, the supplements and injections become gradually less effective. The plant further deteriorates until it can no longer stay upright on its own.
Examination of the plant’s environment shows excesses or deficiencies in sunlight, water, soil concentrations, wind levels etc….
The environment influencing the plant is brought back into a balance that will foster the plant’s growth, resulting in a slow, but steady recovery.
Over time, the plant requires less and less influence. Being surrounded by the conditions it is most well adapted to allows the plant to grow stronger.