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Eastern vs. Western Medicine: Some Facts


If you found your way here, you must be at least a little bit curious about Eastern medicine. In the US, where Western medicine and big pharma are the industry standard, this puts you in the minority.

Some Western medicine proponents try to discredit Eastern medicine by referring to the obscure aspects of the latter: ying yang, Qi energy, etc. The thing is you don’t actually have to commit to believing in all the details of Eastern medicine to give it a try and let it change your life. At its root, Eastern medicine is holistic, mindful way of living that attempts to keep the entire body continuously healthy instead of treating various symptoms of illness as they show up.

For some time, Eastern ideas have started making their way into the subconscious mind of the West. For example, the idea has finally sunk in (for some) that illnesses like heart disease and diabetes are caused primarily by chronically unhealthy lifestyle choices. With rates of lower back pain skyrocketing, offices are paying more attention to ergonomic postures. Yoga and massage studios are helping modern urban professionals de-stress from their increasingly hectic lives.

If you’ve become disappointed with the “quick fixes” of Western medicine, it might be time to give something else a try. To start, begin to think about your health in holistic terms: everything you put into your body, the way you view your life, even the way you treat others can have long lasting effects on your health. Stay conscious of your overall wellness level: the key is not only to not feel sick, but to have an actual, active sense of well-being every day of your life.