Difference between Oriental and Western Medicine

Difference between Oriental and Western Medicine, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

I have been often asked a question recently, “What is the main difference between Western medicine versus Eastern Medicine?”

Briefly, Western medicine focuses on correction of diseases by pharmacological treatments and surgical interventions whereas Eastern medicine is primarily promoting the health or well-being of the person. Western medicine is based on materialism; to put it another way, that what makes something material is having a shape at some particular positions in space. Everything can be explained in relation to matter. Eastern medicine is based on idealism (relates to non-material aspects of nature such as mind and spirit).

Medicine is a human science. Chinese medicine is the integration of science and humanities. The essence core of Chinese medicine features “the unity of heaven, Tao and nature.” That means, Chinese medicine prompts us to return to the true self and guarding of the root life and cosmology (harmony between man and nature). Chinese medicine has embedded solid foundation of Confucian concepts – such as “benevolence”, “love for others”. In this context, “benevolence” implies regulation, harmony, freedom and also interpreted as “the virtue of heart and the principle of love.” A philosopher called Wang Yangming (1472-1528) explains that “the universe and humans are the product of Qi.”. For those who is new to Oriental medicine, Qi means the “driving force of life.” Doctors in Oriental medicine must abide by the principles of benevolence, that means Oriental medicine doctors must treat patients with all of their hearts.



Acupuncture is physical medicine

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Acupuncture works by using ancient Chinese magic. Just kidding! It is not powered by the supernatural, but rather the 5000 year old practice of Acupuncture has been put to the test by modern science. In recent times, the effects of acupuncture has been analyzed in quantitative measurements in a research lab or a functional MRI scan on the brain. A series of blood samples were withdrawn from participating patients before and after acupuncture treatments. Results turned out that the anti-inflammatory index in the blood samples were increased after acupuncture.

For patients who complained about symptoms of anxiety, their MRI scans on the brain shows improvement in the region that controls of the feeling of calmness. Results yielded evidence that acupuncture helped increase the concentration of dopamine after the treatment. Since the needles themselves are just plain stainless steel, the stimulation of a designated point proves that our bodies have ability to heal by itself without the introduction of foreign substances or prescription medication.

Yesterday, one of my patients came into the clinic asking the reason why holistic medicine takes time. She is a gardener. As a gardener myself, I explained to her that if a plant’s leaves start to wither, we can’t plant a “magic fertilizer” into the soil and expect the withering yellow leaves to turn healthy green overnight. Of course, we are not plants and we are definitely more complicated than them. Yet just like us, plants can suffer from malnutrition, environmental factors and problems from underlying root causes. Studying the root cause is the spirt of Chinese Medicine and by fixing that root cause will have the rest of your healing journey fall right into place.

Chinese Medicine is Holistic medicine. Strictly speaking, It is not just “medicine”. It affects our behavior and teaches us to live a “Zen” lifestyle. It implies how to live in harmony and joy with nature, animals, and the people around us.


Life is Beautiful

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is constantly worrying for the safety and health of themselves and their loved ones. It is circumstances like these that make the world seem like a scary and hopeless place, but by working together and doing our best to be health-conscious and caring for each other is what keeps us strong and united.
This morning, I had discovered a beautiful bird’s nest eggs that had been built on our front door’s wreath decoration with four little eggs inside. The mother bird had decided to trust our door decoration as a safe and peaceful place to build her nest and hatch and raise her baby birds. It was that sight and thought that reminded me of the peace and hope we too can have during the pandemic. Life is a very beautiful thing, and gazing upon my discovery this morning fills my heart with joy and hope that the world and its people standing as one will triumph over COVID-19.

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Acupuncture helps PTSD

Helps PTSD | Wai AcupuncturePTSD is a mental health disorder that a person may develop after experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms include negative thoughts and feelings. PTSD is a serious and growing problem among US military personnel and Veterans.

The traditional treatments for PTSD are anti-depressive drugs. They belong to the pharmacological group called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications are reported as having many side effects such as tremor, nausea and decreased libido.

Unlike other conventional psychiatric treatments, acupuncture treatment for PTSD is safer and without side effects.

For those who are suffering from PTSD, the normal neuro-pathway is believed to be dysfunctional. Acupuncture treatments has the potential to re-establish this natural system back to homeostasis, as well as to regulate imbalances in people’s neurotransmitter production.

Acupuncture is administered by stimulating specific points in the body. These points of the body are responsible for controlling specific brain areas that help control nervous system functioning and mitigate stress levels.

Acupuncture treats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) effectively. It is proven by randomized controlled study of US military service personal. Richard Niemtzow, an Air Force physician, advocates the usefulness of acupuncture in the treatment of PTSD at Andrews Air Force Base. Also, Dr Ronald White at the Navy acupuncture training program mentioned the benefits of acupuncture, “There’s no risk; it gives you benefits.”



Importance of Exercising

Many people underestimate the benefits of regular exercise. They defend by saying that they are too busy, or too tired to exercise. Some people even explain that they are not obese, so they don’t need much exercises to lose weight. Exercising allows us to breathe deeply. We have hundred trillion cells in our body. By feeding our cells with fresh ample amount of oxygen, it helps our bodies to defend against cancer and other degenerative disease. Therefore, to achieve optimal health and well-being, we must exercise.

Moving our bodies are essential for the health of the nervous system too. Nowadays, many office jobs require long-time sitting operating in front of keyboards. Sitting all day is bad for your spine. Exercising not only feeds our bodies with oxygen, but also train our cerebellum to fine-tune our capacity to balance our gaits. That explains why those people lacking exercises are prone to lose balance resulting in frequent falls. Cerebellum is the part of brain the controls coordination, posture, movement, intelligence and memory. The cerebellum also coordinates all those functions to maximize attention span and focus. During exercising, the mechanical movement stimulates cerebellum, which in turn, cerebellum takes the message it receives and fires into various areas of the brain such as amygdala (stress and anxiety area) or hippocampus (memory center) or hypothalamus (hormonal control system). Therefore, through exercises, stress and anxiety are reduced, short/long term memory are improved. At the other end of spectrum, our brains produce good messages that are sent back down to our spinal cords, through the spinal nerves to all organs, it delivers a greater level of health, energy and vitality. Another common excuse for not exercising is that they don’t have the “energy”. As matter of fact, exercise generates energy. Exercise gets in more oxygen, it produces positive neurological in put in our brains. Living a sedentary lifestyle weakens immune system, locks up our spines causing muscle degeneration and chronic inflammation, who wants that?


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Lean vs Fat

Muscles and fat are not “created equal”. How so? One pound of muscle is able to burn about 35 calories per day; one pound of fat only burns 2 calories. Therefore, if you have gained 10 pounds of muscles through exercises, your metabolic rate is increased by 350 calories per day. Best way to measure health is by how much muscle tissue we have compared to fat tissue. The emergence of illness are due to low-muscle/high-fat ratio. BMI is another indicator to predict how likely we may develop degenerative disease. A healthy BMI should be 18.5 – 24.8. Any number above 25 indicates overweight. Another indicator is the measurement of waist/hip ratio. Just measure your hip circumference at its widest part and measure your waist at the narrowest part of torso. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. Ideal ratio should be around 0.7. If the ratio is greater than 0.85, it means you are at risk of many health conditions. How to increase content of lean muscle? Simply speaking, muscles must be under continuous resistance to become stronger, leaner and better developed. In other words, if you consistently put a strain on certain group of muscle, it will adapt by getting more physically powerful, more toned over time. On contrary, if you do not put any strain on your muscle, they become weaker and flabbier. To be healthy, lean muscle must increase.


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Hydration Hydration Hydration

If your fish looks sick, are you going to feed the fish with medicine or just simply change water? All living creatures need clean water because billions of living cells clean water to bathe. Our bodies are made up of at least 70 % of water. Water is the foundation of life. It serves to transport nutrients to feed the tiny cells and aims to transport wastes out of our bodies every second. We are losing lots of water through respiration and urination. Nitrogenous wastes, as by-products of our metabolism, are toxic. When we are hydrated well, water can effectively flush out the toxins out through sweating, respiration and urination. If you are feeling tired whole day without legitimate reasons, you are likely dehydrated. How much water is needed each day? In general, depending on level of physical activities, we need to consume at least 7 glasses of clean water each day (or, half your body weight in ounces each day) Don’t wait until you have signs of dehydration. Make it a daily routine to drink a big glass of water upon wake up in the morning. The purpose is to immediately replenish the water loss during our sleep. The temperature of first glass of water should be warm (at least room temperature). Why? It is because icy cold water will be causing sudden temperature drop in the stomach, that easily leads to problem of bloating and indigestion. Consuming bottled water is not a good choice. It adds unnecessary extra plastic waste to over-burden landfills. In addition, chemical likes BPA or phthalates released from plastic bottles are toxic to our brain and bodies. BPA and phthalates are hormone disruptors. They are found to contribute to cause a condition called Estrogen dominance, which primarily lead to uterine and breast cancer. Bring BPA free bottle with you so that you should be sipping every 15-30 minutes. Remember, water is the conduit of all life.

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