The different health approaches for East and West
Because TCM views people as “ecosystems” in miniature, it seeks to improve our capacity to balance and renew our resources. TCM can minimize the erosion of our “soil” by enriching it, maximize the flow of nutrients by increasing circulation, and help prevent bottlenecks that obstruct movement.
Often Western medicine intervenes only after crises arise, whereas TCM anticipates problems by sustaining our “interior landscape”. By correcting depletion and stagnation at earlier stages, greater problems, later on, are avoided.
Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for nagging chronic complaints that TCM can help. The two are not a substitute for each other. They are often complementary. Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, TCM can protect and preserve our health day to day.