Cooperation between conventional and alternative medicine - not rivalry is the way!
Date: 11/27/2005 7:51:31 PM ( 18 y ) ... viewed 3047 times
Just a few thoughts I want to share about the basically very seldom practiced cooperation between different therapies – conventional and alternative (complementary).
Because there are two main views about health problems - namely the conventional view point that assumes the cause for a disease to be found at the organ level and it is concerned with the illness itself – and the alternative view point as well as the (TCM) traditional Chinese medicine view point where the perception of the disease by the senses is more important than the disease itself.
Very few approaches lie between or consider both together. I surely believe that looking at it more –wholistic- will bring about the best results.
As in traditional Chinese medicine, modern conventional research begins with four questions concerning a particular problem with Pain as an indicator.
- The local signs, “where?’
- The temporal signs, ‘how long?’
- A quantitative part, ‘how strong?’
- A qualitative part, ‘which kind?’
These four parameters of sensation correspond with the four basic human functions:
- The intellect relates to the signs of locality (local)
- Feeling relates to the sign of time (temporal)
- Emotion relates to the quantitative part
- Intuition relates to the qualitative part
If a therapist, healer or doctor has a wholistic approach of medicine, he will always use his mind, feeling, emotion and intuition to define an illness, by taking into account these four parameters of sensation.
This is the only way to grasp and understand the whole of a person who is suffering from an illness. In live one comes upon many cases where patients, even those with a very bad prognosis, are able to gain control of their illness and still live for a long time or even become cured. On the other hand, there are repeatedly cases where patients die of their illness, in spite of a good prognosis for survival and healing made by classical medicine.
Based on the scientific viewpoint, the patient is reduced to findings which can be objectified, such as blood count, ultrasound, CT scan, x-ray, and many more. During the course of illness decisions are often made without seeing the patient himself, he is reduced to a file of documents. Sometimes when these decisions are made, doctors become involved who have never even met the patient in person.
This method may be quite sufficient and practicable as far as the purely scientific aspects of an illness are concerned, but it is not sufficient if you take into account the ‘whole’ of a patient.
It is absolutely necessary for a patient to have someone who attends to his diagnostic and therapeutic needs and who covers the three remaining basic functions of wholistic thinking – sensation, feeling and intuition - , while simultaneously receiving treatment by methods practiced in classical medicine in cooperation with complementary alternative approaches.
As we experience it daily in our justice system which applies the law as the only standard when passing a sentence, pure reason is often cold and aloof. This impersonal aspect frightens many people because they do not understand it sufficiently. In the context of medicine, they feel that they are not being understood or accepted and turn to the so-called alternative branches of the healing business. This fear may sometimes have grotesque and hysterical results, whereby, for example, parents refuse life-saving treatment for their children in the false assumption that they are doing it out of love and devoted care.
In addition to live-saving diagnostic and therapeutic measures, the duty of every health professional is to instill in the patient a feeling of hope. At the present this is quite difficult in the SMT, (Dr. Michael Graulich) – (based on the DORN METHOD) – as it is a treatment method which yet has to be recognized and acknowledged by conventional medicine.
While treating a patient during which time you have conveyed to him your ideas concerning the cause and sort of treatment, he will often turn to other people for advice. They in turn, ignorant of this kind of treatment or approach, advice him to discontinue the treatment, as ‘the frequent setting of bones can cause a lot of damage’. All one’s persuasive powers are required to make the patient see it through, especially when the treatment is of a longer duration and when it entails many ups and downs in the progress toward better health.
I think it is time to make people aware of the ancient knowledge that true healing is already within us and the outside should also taken into account to combine these aspects for a more wholistic and effective approach. Modern times divert our attention towards the ‘inner world’ which will not solve anything and it is like the old battle between good and bad although both are part of our world and therefore necessary.
Don’t forget to smile today!
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