3. Oriental and Occidental medicine

The principal differences here presented are basically the differences between oriental and occidental practices, because in our western world the two of them are usually combined, for example Chinese medical techniques are often used along with occidental resources.   

Oriental vs. Occidental 

 The well functioning of the body depends on a balance between the latter, the mind and the spirit The well functioning of the body refers to the absence of pain and symptoms (or defects)
 Through symptoms the body shows it’s  process of healing Symptoms are considered as signs of illnesses
 Disharmony is the cause of any illness External conditions are the cause of any illness.
The doctor helps the patient to stay in harmony and feeling in balanceThe doctor is a mechanic in the sense that must fix the patience and find things that are wrong 
 Every treatment aims to restore balance through lifestyle changes Every treatment aims to the suppression of symptoms mainly through drugs and surgery, although lifestyle is also important

It is important to acknowledge that there are some aspects in the oriental practice that have little or no importance for the occidental one and vice versa. For example, for example the Chinese medical theory does not have the concept of nervous system or endocrine system, even though it deals with problems regarding both.

Notions like “Fire”, “Wind”, “Wood”, “Earth”, “Metal” and “Water” may sound strange to an Occidental ear because these are notions that are not present in the Western medical theory, but it can still respond to the “fire lodged within the kidney water”.

The mayor difference between the two is the difference between the codes of perceptions: The Occidental doctor focuses on the illness, something specific and delimited. The oriental doctor has a holistic method of approach, focusing on the individual as a whole, not being able to separate the person from the illness.

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