Chinese medicine is holistic
One of the keys to Chinese medicine is its holistic approach.
Holistic simply means that the system of Chinese medicine
theory takes into account the patient as a whole, rather than
looking only at the site of disease. A doctor of Chinese
medicine is interested in factors ranging from emotions,
climatic conditions, dietary habits, injury (past and present)
as well as the disease itself in developing a diagnosis. In
diagnosis these factors are drawn together into a
set of signs and symptoms.
The strength of Chinese medicine is that it does take into
account and make connections between factors that are
not always considered to be important by other forms of
medicine, factors such as emotional state, environment and
Chinese medicine is tailored
Chinese medicine tailors the treatment to the individual. A
patient's condition and constitution guides the doctor in
creating a treatment plan that is specific to that person in
order to give the best possible opportunity for recovery.
This is most evident in the creation of a herbal formula.
Two patients may present with similar signs and symptoms
and yet the course of disease may be quite different, their
constitutions differ and so the formula may differ in
composition, dosage and duration. Not only does it differ
between patients, but it may differ between treatments as
your condition changes and improves. There is no 'one size
fits all' approach.
Chinese medicine is integrated
Integrative medicine is an important concept that allows the
marrying of different yet complementary forms of medicine.
The strengths of Chinese medicine integrate with the
strengths of Western medicine in order to develop a more
thorough and cooperative approach to primary health care
and thus providing best possible outcomes for patients.