22 Jan WellnessNatural Medicine
By Pierre Stephen Jal
22 January, 2017
In our Health section, Latitudes gives you advices about the effectiveness of natural medicine taken from French and American reference sites, exploring numerous scientific studies… that don’t serve the major worldwide players in the field of health.
Up to the 1950s and 1960s, the role of western medicine was still to find effective remedies to treat people, but this very obvious role has been hijacked to favor profit-generating research. Patients are no longer treated with simple, economical products, but now represent money-making treatments. Simple and low-cost remedies are proclaimed to be ineffective, and the pharmaceutical industry regularly prohibits them because they can cut into their profits. Incalculable ancestral knowledge is disappearing. The diploma in herbal medicine has been discontinued, energy healers are considered to be charlatans and major medical professors who dare to venture outside the mold are eliminated from the Order of Doctors and condemned to silence.
Fortunately, thanks to the internet, resistance has organized and a powerful “back to nature” trend has taken off in the West, under the belief that modern medicine is no longer on the patient’s side, but that its current capacities can still be applied admirably:
- Temporary removal of symptoms. Sometimes useful to tolerate an unpleasant situation, but traditional doctors warn that this can “let sickness in.”
- Emergencies and life-saving. Modern medicine is the champion in this domain!
- Dental care, except perhaps for root-canals, which can let harmful bacteria develop in the dead tooth, and the toxicity of amalgam fillings.
- Surgery, but some interventions and ablations (perhaps around 70%) could be avoided.
West vs East
If a symptom appears, we have been conditioned systematically to swallow substances that are supposed to get rid of it, but we now rely more on prevention, lifestyle and diet, subjects we will often mention in this section.
We won’t go further into this, but Chinese medicine remains one of the rare traditional medicines still exercised today.
Chinese families see their doctors every 3 months so they can give them a health report based on several indicators provided by the body and diverse issues on lifestyle and diet. They use prevention, and people pay for this. But as soon as one of the patients falls ill, the doctor is the one who will come at no charge to treat the patient since it appears that the doctor’s advice was ineffective.
The 3 main domains of Traditional Chinese Medicine are:
- Acupuncture, perhaps the best-known
- Massage and energy therapy
Nutrition and Tai-Chi are also fundamental.
Chinese medicine, like all traditional practices, considers the body as a coherent whole irrigated by Qi (or Chi), the vital energy that runs through the universe.
Modern medicine seems to ignore this capital notion!
Qi is the energetic structure of our physical body that runs through meridians.
- Acupuncture aims to rebalance the free circulation of Qi through these meridians.
- Energy therapy is applied manually to the physical body or to the subtle energetic bodies surrounding it.
- Potions from the pharmacopeia include substances (more than 300 are commonly used) derived from vegetal, animal or mineral sources.
The recipes are very fine-tuned:
- Principle substances, called the “Emperor” and its Ambassador
- Up to 4 “Ministers,” some of which contradict the effect of the Emperor to balance out the treatment,
- Up to 8 “Advisors,” which are meant to remove side effects.
Our writers are not doctors.
This section does not claim to give any medical advice, but just information about alternative solutions to conventional medicine.
Systematically ask the opinion from your doctor, who is the only professional who can deem this advice useful or if it is compatible with the treatment you are taking.