Chinese medicine can be used as a potent tool in treating chronic illness. The way that acupuncture and Chinese medicine treats chronic illness is from the inside out. Chinese medicine always cures illness by promoting health. Chinese medicine is very old and wise. Western medicine is very young and not always so wise. Chinese medicine is more yin and western medicine is more yang, meaning Chinese medicine nourishes the person to cure illness while western medicine tries to kill the illness. The western approach works very well for treating infectious disease where there are actually bugs that need to be killed. But in chronic illness there are no bugs, so using the same types of methods does not work and will usually make things worse in the long run. As it takes a long time to develop a chronic disease, it takes time to reverse it. But using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to nourish the body back into balance makes more sense.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond