Supermedicine: Ancient Wellness Wisdom, Modern Scientific Solutions
Nov 03, 2015 06:22PM
Can you imagine what would happen if you combined over four thousand years worth of effective protocols in natural wellness maintenance and treatment of diseases with the latest and greatest of today’s most advanced and modern diagnostic tools and medicinal drugs?
You would arguably end up with the most effective and advanced medicine that can be available to mankind―a form of “Supermedicine” that can systematically identify and explain why symptoms and illnesses happen in an individual, what the likely causes and sources of origin are, and the prognosis of how things are likely to develop.
Moreover, this Supermedicine would combine time‐tested diagnostic techniques with the most modern and technologically advanced tools to give an accurate account for what is going on inside the body, while providing a means to precisely track the effectiveness of the current treatment protocol. This comprehensive history of four thousand plus years of clinical case histories would also pave the way for an extremely powerful treatment protocol with a high probability of success.
Supermedicine―an Integration of Western and Chinese Medicines
To understand this Supermedicine concept, we need to first understand how the two primary forms of medicines, mainstream Western Medicine and alternative Chinese Medicine, work. The best way to distinguish the two forms of medicine is by looking at them through these commonly used ways to describe each approach:
- Western Medicine: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it
- Eastern Medicine: if it’s not broken, prevent it from breaking
Most Americans are familiar with Western Medicine, as it is the primary form of medicine practiced here in the USA. As we can see from above, Western Medicine tends to be more reactive in nature. It focuses primarily on symptoms, and its main objective is managing those symptoms. It also places a lot of emphasis on human physiology and how each part of the body functions.
In addition, specialist doctors focus on key physiological processes and associated organs, which is why a patient would visit a cardiologist for heart issues, an endocrinologist for kidney issues, a dermatologist for skin issues and so on. These specialists also focus on specific types of diseases―for example, an oncologist treats cancer, and a gastroenterologist treats stomach or intestinal conditions.
Western Medicine also relies heavily, if not solely, on modern technology for diagnosis such as MRI’s, CT Scans and lab tests. The results from these treatments tend to take effect within a short period of time, although the lasting period is often minimal or of short duration. Treatment protocols include medication, surgery, injections, laser technology, radiation, stem cell and others.
Acupuncture is the branch of Chinese Medicine that most Americans are familiar with, even though the medicine has been around for over four thousand years. In addition to Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine includes several other modalities such as herbal medicine, food therapy, gua sha, cupping, tui na/an mo/dit da massage therapy, lancing, qi gong/tai chi, moxibustion, cupping and others.
Acupuncture in the United States has taken off within the last 25 years, and patients are increasingly turning towards Chinese Medicine for relief from their health issues. As previously indicated, Chinese Medicine is mainly a proactive form of medicine. Unlike Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine strives to address, not only the symptoms, but also the source. As such, it always strives to determine the underlying causative factors behind a patient’s symptoms.
Also, unlike Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine places its focus on the functions in the body, how each individual organ contributes to this integrative and inter‐dependent network of functions, and the energies that are involved in the process. Therefore, Chinese Medicine diagnoses and treats the body as a whole, with the thought that no single organ or body part can be diseased without affecting another part and, eventually, the entire body.
Thousands of years worth of case histories have resulted in a system whereby Chinese doctors can leverage symptoms and ailments that the individual is experiencing to determine the underlying source of the problem and to develop an effective treatment plan accordingly. Such cases have shown that abnormalities in the face (e.g. wrinkles, age spots, lines), skin, mouth, hair, eyes, sputum and other areas of the body is tied indicate internal health conditions.
It is also believed that the tongue’s shape, color, coating and texture, along with the quality of the pulse taken at six different spots on both wrists, accurately reflect how the body is functioning. In fact, even Western Medicine has begun recognizing correlations between symptoms and illnesses, just like Chinese Medicine (e.g. abnormally flush face indicating potential heart problems; a frozen deviated tongue indicating a potential stroke condition). The effects from Chinese Medicine often take longer to occur, but they also tend have a longer-lasting, even permanent, impact.
Collaborative Utilization of Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine concurrently
Western Medicine’s reactive approach complements perfectly with Chinese Medicine’s proactive characteristics. When a patient shows signs of illness, both medicines can be used to target the symptoms. Western Medicine’s quick acting drugs can provide almost instant pain relief, while Chinese Medicine works to achieve long‐lasting relief.
The latter can then be used to determine the pain’s root cause, along with its origin, resulting in a more permanent solution to the issue. Take a look at some examples of how this Supermedicine would work:
Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine combine in harmonious tandem to treat cancer. In general, Western Medicine’s powerful chemotherapy drugs, surgery and radiation modalities can help prevent cancer cells from growing, while Chinese Medicine can be used to address the accompanying side-effects, as well as help the body recover faster. Lab tests, tumor markers and thermal scans can pin-point how effective the treatments have been and whether additional steps need to be taken.
Then, once the cancer is in full remission, Chinese Medicine can be leveraged to indicate the key causative factors that likely contributed to the cancer’s growth. Addressing these factors could drastically minimize or even eliminate a potential cancer recurrence
In Chinese Medicine, diabetes (both Types I and II) is considered an illness involving the kidneys, liver, spleen and stomach. Lab and insulin tests can be used to monitor the diabetes status, while Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture, can address issues within the kidneys, liver and spleen which cause the diabetes. In addition, they can also be used to address symptoms such as diabetic neuropathy, glaucoma, mouth dryness and other related factors.
Symptoms on the face appear due to issues or imbalances in certain organs. The overall texture of facial skin can be a sign of impaired overall circulation, especially if the skin is dry and loose. Symptoms such as wrinkles, crow’s feet or age spots can be addressed through both Western Medicine (e.g. laser, surgery, microdermabrasion) and Chinese Medicine (e.g. massage, herbal masks, acupuncture).
The location of these facial symptoms is also noted to determine the potential organ systems in question. Further diagnosis and intake of those organs is then applied, along with necessary lab work, to identify the underlying causes of those facial symptoms. These causes are then addressed by Chinese Medicine and Western drugs, as needed. Further cosmetic work on the face can be done, using Western Medicine procedures such as Botox.
Bells Palsey is a disorder for which Chinese Medicine is shown to be extremely effective. Patients who suffer from this condition generally see outstanding results if they seek treatment shortly after the first attack. Chinese Medicine traces Bells Palsey to an imbalance in liver function, and the treatments are focused accordingly with acupuncture, massage and herbal medicine.
Currently, corticosteroids such as Prednisone address Bells Palsey, along with more invasive cosmetic facial surgical procedures in Western Medicine. These, however, can be utilized as a last resort if the facial issue cannot be corrected with Chinese Medicine. The picture shows a Bells Palsey patient whose face was corrected within three weeks of the initial attack using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. [Place before-and-after image HERE]
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder affecting over 2.5 million people worldwide, with an estimated 200 new cases each week in the United States, according to Healthline. In Western Medicine, MS is a disorder whereby the immune system attacks itself, resulting in lesions in the brain and the central nervous system. Various symptoms, ranging from extreme fatigue, bowel issues, eye issues and cognitive issues, to muscle weakness and even paralysis, commonly result from this disease.
Chinese Medicine sees MS as a disorder of the circulatory system, tied to the spleen kidney and liver. The illness is diagnosed by imaging means―usually MRI― and, once the patient is confirmed to have MS, a drug specifically made for MS (e.g. Copaxon, Tysabri) is prescribed to suppress the immune system to prevent it from attacking itself.
However, Chinese Medicine can go a step further by addressing why the immune system is attacking itself, thereby determining organ systems is malfunctioning. Then, Chinese Medicine proceeds to address balance out those organ systems. MRI tests can then be used to confirm that MS-related lesions are not increasing.
This combination of Western and Chinese Medicines forms an extremely powerful alliance that can be used to effectively treat various illnesses. Western Medicine can take advantage of documented approaches used in the care of these conditions over the past four thousand years in order to come up with a refined treatment approach.
Western Medicine can also utilize current research and technology tools to show the proof and efficacy of Chinese Medicine. As a result, both modalities work together to develop a new, integrative form of medicine―a Supermedicine that will, ideally, become our healthcare model of the future.
Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac, is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist located in Sarasota, Florida. In 2014, he was voted Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” for a second year in a row, and was also the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.” For more information or to schedule an appointment with Ng, call 941-773-5156 or email [email protected]