Effective Chinese Medicine
It's common to all the different types of medicine in the world.
The one that originated in Greece, and the one that started in China. The patient comes in, his body and/or emotions are not healthy, and the doctor's job is to diagnose the cause of the problem and treat it effectively.
This is the basis for any medical treatment, and the practice of Chinese medicine shares the same basis: effective management of that which the patient presents, by accurate diagnosis and the usage of quality tools.
There are two components that lead to effective treatment:
- Accurate diagnosis
- Quality tools
It starts over the first phone call. The patient gets in touch, and Qi meets Qi. I hear the tone of his voice, his silence, his breaths. Is he breathing heavily? Does his voice sound unhappy?
When he goes up the stairs, I hear how fast he's climbing, what thumping noises his feet create when they touch the ground. Does he stop on the way up, catching his breath, or does he skip lightly?
What happened to the energy in the room? Did it become heavy, or did it start flowing in every direction like a storm that can't be held back?
When he reaches the last steps, I see him in his cloths, with the look on his face, with the spark in his eyes- or lack thereof.
There's so much information coming our way through words, looks, consciously and unconsciously, even before we started our anamnesis.
It's important to not miss it.
But it's also important to not get caught up in the sea of information flooding us, to not lose the forest for the trees.
The secret lies here: when you know what you're after, it's much easier to diagnose with precision and clarity.
My goal in the treatment is to successfully address what the patient presents- his main complaint, and what caused it.
To gather all the information effectively, I start by focusing on what the patient presents most obviously: the situation he describes with his words. Among other areas, my intention will always be there, looking at the symptom, the conscious and irritating part of the pathology that made the patient or his parents leave home and look for help.
The other place my intention will be is the place that caused the symptom. The place that the patient might not have explained to himself.
Is it repressed anger? Stifling grief? Debilitating fear?
In every treatment, I stand by the door to those places, quietly listening to what's happening on its other side. If it's possible, I gently knock on the door, trying to open it, to ventilate, to bring fresh air in.
The knock on the door is the treatment itself. In order to be effective, it needs to be done with quality tools.
Words, facial expressions, acupuncture, herbs.
These are my tools to create change in my patients. Each of these tools can tackle the distress the patient is feeling, and the cause behind it. The branch and the root.
I believe that in order to give the best treatment possible- our tools need to be of the best quality. It is our duty as practitioners to keep honing them, improving them, as long as we're practicing medicine.
There are those who do manual therapy, and those who practice Japanese acupuncture. There are those who use the stems and branches method, and others who prefer TCM. Some specialize in herbal medicine, and others swear by auriculotherapy.
And there are many other good methods in Chinese medicine. They're all viable, they're all effective, they can all be practiced- as long as we make sure to practice them with the highest level of skill.
Take a continuing education course.
Go to China.
Take an online course.
Get a new book.
No matter what- we have to keep learning, to set our goals high and give the best treatment possible to our patients.
When the patient leaves the treatment room feeling better, more whole, and good things start happening to him again-
That makes our contribution to a better world.
Pnina Droyan practices Chinese Medicine in a Snoezelen room, and specializes in the treatment of children on the autistic spectrum. She has gone through a clinical internship in the treatment of cardiac problems in the outpatient department of the CACMS in Beijing, China.
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