Asian countries have their own set of health beliefs and healing practices that greatly contrast with Western methods. These beliefs are influenced by the culture that has been handed down from generation to generation. Until now, these practices that have lasted for thousands of years are still being used since they have been found to be very useful for natives. With this said, people who are studying in the medical field should have a background in traditional Asian medicine to be able to grasp the incredible concept and beliefs behind it.
Eastern Healing Techniques Meets Western Methods
Modern age medical practices utilize both East and West medical influences regarding treating health ailments. Most Westerners only consider acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies as alternative techniques to address their health problems; the idealism behind health problems and traditional medicine in the East is not entirely understood nor even labeled as a go-to choice. Medical practitioners may recommend conventional Chinese medicine. It isn’t, however, considered as an ultimate means of treatment.
Health and Clinical Theories
Despite the efficiency of cultural remedies, Western doctors still struggle to grasp the concept of traditional medicine, especially the significance of the effects of the supernatural, physical, and social environment on the patient. It is because Western medicine is based on the belief that diseases come about due to viruses and other external factors that can harm the human body. Meanwhile, Eastern medicine believes that each part of the human body is connected to one another as energies.
Beliefs And Practices Briefly Described
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) base their diagnosis and health beliefs on Chinese cosmology, Yin, and Yang, two opposing forces that complement one another (life and death, heaven and hell). The primary purpose of Chinese medicine is to entirely restore the normal function of the human body by sustaining the balance in the body.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine helps keep balance in the human body. These herbs have been used for centuries, and each has its function and benefits.
Japanese Herbal Medicine
Kampo is a form of Japanese herbal medicine that makes use of herbs as a treatment for multiple illnesses. But what distinguishes Kampo from all other natural therapies is that the diagnosis of the sickness is made through examining the abdomen. This treatment is based on the idea that diseases are caused by a disruption of the flow of Qi (life force/energy).
Sowa Rigpa embraces a philosophy of the balance of body energies. It uses pulse and urine as the basis for diagnosis. It helps them uncover the root of the disease. This treatment encourages patients to undergo the Tibetan diet, lifestyle adjustment, and the use of herbal medicine.
Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Traditional Vietnamese Medicine or TVM focuses more on the well-being of the blood than the illness itself. It is because they believe that having healthy blood and good circulation is the ultimate key to having good health. TVM employs moxibustion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the treatment of inserting needles on specific trigger points in the body. It will not only treat muscle issues but also improve the energy flow of the body and mind.
Moxibustion, Coin Rubbing, and Cupping
Moxibustion is the treatment that makes use of mugwort herbs. This treatment is being utilized in Mongolia, China, Tibet, Korea, and Japan. Mugwort herbs are burned to use the smoke as a healing property for the body.
Coin rubbing is a technique that has been used centuries back. There was the belief that rubbing coins in the patient’s skin will help “scrape” away from the disease from the human body.
Cupping of Fire – this is the technique that makes use of cups or glasses, wherein there is heat applied before attaching onto the skin of the patient. This treatment is used to cure “stagnation” issues in the human body.
On a related note, these therapy techniques will work well if you also try it with online therapy. Together, it can relieve any type of physical and mental anguish.