Who Helps What Kind of Pain
Why are most conventional and complementary/ alternative medicine treatments incomplete when it comes to people with chronic pain?
We cannot learn without pain- Aristotle, (384 BCE – 322 BCE)
The claim of Comprehensiveness
Comprehensive is the ability to treat all health problems, including chronic pain. Among the various health care systems, three seem to have a comprehensive practice; traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy. However, even these systems have limitations to treating chronic pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Includes herbal treatments and acupuncture, and has its own unique ways of evaluating illness. The system is based on the concepts of Qui, Yin and Yang, and the Five Phases of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
This is an ancient Indian system of healing, includes diet, herbal medicine, detoxification, body work, surgery, psychology and spirituality. Health is finding the balance between three primary life forces: that of motion (vata, or air) transformation (pita, or fire), and stabilization (kapha, or water). Diet is a primary modality to treat illness and treatments fall under two broad categories: reduction and tonification.
A complete system of medicine, where a physician thoroughly examines the patients symptoms and matches his or her most unique and characteristic symptoms with the most unique and characteristic symptoms of a medicine in the repertory. It treats each individual with their unique collection of signs and symptoms. Homeopathy commonly bridges the gap between ailments of the body and those of the mind.
To understand more of these practices, you can learn them in the fourth chapter of Dr. Gruft’s book, From Pain To Wellness.
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