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3 Problems, 1 Solution
Chinese Medicine can be quite confusing to people. It is confusing because it is not easy to explain. The typical explanation found online in other websites are usually phrased for ease of communication rather than for accuracy of what Chinese Medicine really is. It becomes even more confusing when I tell you that for example we could treat 3 completely unrelated medical conditions with the same set of Chinese herbs.
The first patient is an interesting fellow. I had a good conversation with him in one of the visits when he enlightened me to certain things I was not aware was happening in the world of technology, such a vertical take-off airplane/car reminiscent of the Jetson’s flying mobile.(it’s called the “lilium jet” in case you’re wondering). He says he thinks he has a kidney stones that is lodged halfway between the kidneys and his bladder. This happened after not drinking enough fluids. The symptoms were abdominal pain on the left side. The second case is a woman who has tightness in her abdomen for a long time already. Her physicality is thin and looks like she has trouble gaining weight. She also has lack of energy and fatigue throughout the day. The third patient is a long time patient who has been coming to me on and off for over a year. Her problem is recalcitrant pain of the lower back and hips and knees. She would get better with acupuncture but the problem would come back after a period of time.
All three people have very different problems. The first patient is a kidney/urinary system issue, the second one is a digestive issue, the third one is a muscle/skeletal issue. All three people I treated with largely the same set of Chinese herbs and was able to achieve a desirable level of improvement. In western medicine it would be hard to think these three problems are actually the same issue, not to mention for the general laymen.
Actually all three people suffer from systemic dryness. Dryness is an important characteristic of diseased bodies that Chinese Medicine pays very close attention to. This happens because the patient has trouble circulating nutrition. The first patient has dryness that causes the ureters to become unlubricated and causes whatever stone or something in there to act up more obviously; either that or it cause the ureters to spasm. Although he was also taking some other supplements which he says were to help with kidney stones but the herbs I prescribed was very important as well because of the changes in his pulse. The pain spot initially went downward slightly diagonally and later pretty much disappeared. The second patient has dryness of the digestive system causing the superficial muscles of the abdomen to tighten up as a response to the organ issues lying directly underneath. With treatment the tightness started to lessen. The third patient has dryness of the muscles which causes them to spasm all the time leading to pain. After supercharging her digestive and circulation the dryness state improved leading to overall decrease of pain that was longer lasting than just acupuncture alone.
I like Chinese Medicine very much because it really provides a different view of the body and disease states and not in the new-age medicine language kind of way that always seems like they are just ripped off of some other book, sounding nice with no real substance. Real Chinese Medicine offers a set of lens that are totally unique and lets us see the other unexplored aspect of the body.