Western Medicine vs. Eastern Medicine

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

Imagine a patient is a round table, which in its diseased state has grown
sharp corners. It now looks like a square table!

The table goes to see a 'specialist in corners'.

The doctor says, "No problem at all, my dear table. We’ll have you round again in no time at all."

Well, the doctor was right, more or less. The operation was performed the very next day. The surgeon, wielding a saw, quickly removed the table’s corners. The procedure was quite painful, but over and done with rapidly and efficiently.
Unfortunately, the doctor cut a little too close on the fourth corner and the table lost part of one of its legs. The top, however, while not entirely round and smooth, no longer had sharp corners.

Now, imagine if the table had gone to see a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

"How did this corner business come about?" the practitioner would have inquired and then carefully and thoroughly felt the wood of the table’s corners, top, and legs.

"Yes," the practitioner might say quietly after some time, "I can help you to be a round table again." Then the practitioner would pull out a small file, apply it to one corner and begin to file, and file, and file. And even though it might be tedious and require a lot of patience for both the table and the practitioner, eventually it would be beautifully smooth and strong and perfectly round again.

This excerpt was taken from the book titled Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine written by Jane Lyttleton. It is a description of how Western Medicine restores the body back to its natural function versus a Traditional Chinese Medical approach. Both achieve the somewhat similar results but with different techniques. Choose wisely on how you'd like your body to heal.