22. October 2016 · Comments Off on TCM, Western Medicine, Zi Wei Dou Shu, and Bazi · Categories: Acupuncture

There is a deep divide among medical practitioners who perform Western medicine and those who practice TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Unlike adherents of TCM, Western medicine researchers wouldn’t go into studies that deal with esoteric traditions and astrology. Among TCM practitioners, integrating the Chinese astrology study of ZWDS (Zi Wei Dou Shu) and like Bazi (4 Pillars) is essential in maintaining a person’s good health.

Western Medicine follows the scientific method. This is a more accepted tradition by an overwhelming number of people and is the de facto paradigm used towards wellness and health. I have encountered more than enough cases to make me fully convinced that TCM is a far superior treatment than Western Medicine when it comes to achieving good health and is say this with utmost respect for the great accomplishments Western Medicine has made these years. I am fully certain that TCM is a much better way for maintaining people’s health naturally while Western medicine has a better role to play in treating health conditions. Western medicine is the better choice of treatment when folks suffer from severe illness.

How can I defend my statements? When a patient, for example, has fever, the doctor may sometimes ask the patient to stay in cold air-conditioned rooms or dip in cold water to offset the rising temperature. For a patient suffering from a headache, the doctor will most of the time prescribe pain killers that are unable to address the real reason for the headaches. This is the problem with Western medicine. It resolves symptoms but has no interest in getting to the root of the problem. Proponents of Western medicine may have a blanket answer stating that the sickness is “cured” anyway so why still make a fuss? My response to them is that yes, the symptoms might be cured but the underlying reason for the illness is merely repressed. In the long term, this will lead to the weakness of the constitution of the patient.

On the other hand, underlying health deficiencies are primary targets of TCM treatments. This type of medicine sees the body as consisting of organs that are all interconnected with each other with each organ having its own yin & yang that establishes the manner energy flows within each organ of the body. So, instead of merely treating the symptoms, TCM directly acknowledges the root of the person’s condition. This implies that unlike Western medicine, which often produces quick but superficial results, one should not expect that within a short period of time a TCM healer can completely cure a health problem. This is especially true for a patient who is now in a critically advanced state of sickness. For this person, Western Medicine is a much better short term treatment; however, for a long term cure, they need to avail themselves of TCM as a fallback longstanding solution.

When Can ZWDS and Bazi Be Used?

ZWDS and Bazi are important for a sweeping health problem diagnosis and medical prescription. The adage “prevention is better than cure” is so very true and if followed, basically guarantees good health for a person’s entire life. ZWDS and Bazi can help identify the medical problem and health deficiency of an individual even way before the illness and the symptoms appear. The two can help pinpoint the environment that the person lives in or the Fengshui aspects of the house that will prevent such illnesses from setting in. The key to prescription of a comprehensive cure depends on an understanding of ZWDS and Bazi. The is because of the possibility that the patient may not be able to articulate the medical issue well enough and one can only achieve an effective cure when the TCM physician can make sense of the patient’s yin & yang predisposition and the flow of energy within the patient’s organs.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

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