Chinese Medicine vs. Western Medicine

One of the major assumptions inherent in traditional Chinese medicine is that disease is due to an internal imbalance of Yin and Yang. By correcting this imbalance, the body is returned to a healthy state. Western medicine assumes that disease is due to an external force, such as a virus or bacteria, or a slow degeneration of the functional ability of the body. Both Chinese and Western concepts are valid alternatives. Acupuncture on ear

Western medicine is based on the Cartesian philosophy that the body represents one functioning system and the mind another. While it accepts that each system may affect the other, it sees disease as either physical or mental. The Chinese assume that the body is an integrated whole. Each organ has a mental, physical and spiritual function that cannot be separated.

Western doctors have worked on the premise that an external force, or chemical, can cure disease. However, although some pills are of great value, both the general public and the medical profession have become considerably more skeptical about the widespread use of chemicals. Traditional Chinese medicine, on the other hand, states that the body has the potential to cure itself of disease if guided (or needled) to do so.

Some people have looked upon Chinese medicine as not just an alternative but a superior system of medicine. Chinese medicine is another medical system, with certain benefits to the individual over Western medicine but it is not superior nor a cure all. The major Chinese herbsdisadvantage of Western medicine is that it has the potential to cause a great deal of harm. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is most unlikely to cause any serious damage as it is a particularly safe form of therapy; this is undoubtedly one of its main advantages.
Oriental medicine is the fastest growing form of health care in the United States, moving from decades of relative obscurity to its current position beside Western medical practice.  Although many people think Chinese medicine is limited to acupuncture, it is actually a complete medical system that also includes herbal remedies, diet, exercise and massage.

Lorraine H. Harris is a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified as a practitioner of Oriental medicine.  This training encompasses all aspects of Chinese medicine.  Additionally, Ms. Harris has background education in the biosciences and experience with some western modalities.  This training enables Ms. Harris to help patients integrate their Western healthcare with the Oriental medical care Ms. Harris provides.