Natural Remedies — East-West Healing
“According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease arises from imbalances in the body due to unhealthy factors in the natural environment and one’s lifestyle. General symptoms like dry mouth or film coating the tongue are signals that certain bodily systems are out of whack. While these signs may be ignored by Western doctors more focused on … Continue reading Traditional Chinese Medicine Article: Online Wall Street Journal
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The common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract. It is the most common disease affecting humans. The average adult gets 2-3 colds per year and the average child experiences 6-12.
Over 200 viruses are responsible for causing the common cold and out of them rhinoviruses (the chief infectious agents causing the common cold) are the most prolific. Coughing, runny nose, fever, sore throat, fatigue and sneezing are the symptoms of common cold. The common cold primarily affects the nose. It also affects the throat, sinuses and the eyes.
Symptoms of the common cold occur due to the battle between the immune system and the virus. Symptoms begin within 16 hours of exposure to the virus. It peaks within 2-4 days and recovers /resolves in 7- 10 days, but recovery sometimes takes longer. Coughing remains for about 18 days in adults and longer in children.
The common cold, when complicated, may give rise to pneumonia.
Respiratory diseases are pathological conditions which affects organs and tissues of the respiratory system. They can affect the upper respiratory tract, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, pleura, pleural cavity, the nerves and the muscles related to the respiratory system. They can range from mild (as common cold) to severe (as lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, bacterial pneumonia).
According to eastern medicine, diseases are caused due to the imbalance (imbalance of yin and yang) / disharmony of the body. Qi is responsible for maintaining this balance and the factors which affects Qi causes the disharmony. External factors (weather changes) and internal factors (emotional changes) affect Qi and causes disharmony resulting in occurrence of diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that the universe is interconnected. Therefore they think that changes in the weather will affect humans. Changes of the weather are characterized by six external energies that causes disharmony to the body. These are called the six pathogenic factors:
Western medicine (conventional medicine) is a type of medicine based on philosophical foundations of western thinking. It is developed through research and is scientifically proven. According to western medicine the human body is only a collection of its parts. And western medicine believes that by studying these parts individually, the concept of the human body can be well understood. For treatment of disease, western medicine uses drugs and surgery. (It doesn’t give much concern to factors like nutrition, the wellness of the mind etc.)
Eastern medicine (traditional / indigenous medicine) is a type of medicine which was practiced in the east for a very long time. (For over 5000 years) This is based on the trial and error method. And was improved and brought to the standard now, mainly through experience. (Scientific research is limited.) It believes that the human body can only be understood through the synergistic functioning of its parts. Chinese medicine is one of the oldest types of eastern medicines. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that an ailment is caused due to the imbalance of the body. (Yin and Yang theory) This theory states that if the body is not physically, mentally and spiritually balanced illness will occur. A dynamic balance between Yin and Yang should be present to be healthy. Therefore treatment of disease in traditional Chinese medicine mainly focuses in bringing the body back to equilibrium. This is achieved through acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, Tui Na massage, herbs, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice.