How Is Health for Women Viewed by Western and Chinese Medicine?
The Traditional Western Medicine understanding is that women have very specific developmental, reproductive and post-fertility changes which affect both their internal and external anatomy. All of these changes are governed by a complex array of hormones involving different parts of the brain and the targeted organs. The hormones also influence many other important physiological mechanisms throughout the body. Females of all ages may develop problems at any stage along this very intricate system of organs and hormones.
Examples of health issues for women include:
- Painful periods
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular cycles
- Uterine fibroids
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes multiple growth cycles that begin prior to conception and continue throughout the life of a woman. Understanding these cycles of life enables us to diagnose and treat imbalances when they occur.
As far as health for women is concerned, inherited factors, organ system weaknesses, external causes and immoderate lifestyle choices (diet, sexual conduct and overdoing) all contribute to developing a particular disorder.
Emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances are also well described in the Chinese medical literature over the centuries that contribute to gynecological problems or health for women. Making wise choices in the areas over which you have control can prevent most of the problems from developing.
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What Are Some of the Symptoms of Women’s Health Issues?
Both medical sciences agree to the symptoms each disease or problem can exhibit. The main difference is how many different symptoms are considered to belong to one disease or one pattern of imbalance. Traditional Chinese Medicine is more inclusive than Traditional Western Medicine regarding the ability to identify symptoms common to the same disorder. This is quite natural because Chinese medicine is holistic in its theoretical design. It will always include mental/emotional and spiritual symptoms into the pattern of imbalance that is being diagnosed.
The main symptoms are related to abnormal changes to the normal cycles. Some of these symptoms may be:
- Heavy or scant flow
- Abnormal discharges
- Hot flashing
How Is Health for Women Approached by Both Systems?
In Traditional Western Medicine, the primary focus is on hormone production and its impact on organ function. Extensive endocrine testing is done to determine how best to regulate the hormones via synthetic hormone drugs. If hormonal manipulation fails, some form of surgical intervention may be attempted to correct the problem or alleviate the symptoms (such as in a D & C or hysterectomy). Infections are treated with antibiotics and tumors require one or more of the following: surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. All of these interventions seek to attack the symptoms of the disease and require staying on certain drugs indefinitely to avoid a return of the disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to reestablish a normal, healthy functioning of each person in a holistic way. Even a relatively simple, uncomplicated problem will create some level of imbalance and symptoms beyond the physical manifestations and into the emotional and spiritual components. All three areas must be treated to encourage complete recovery.
Most disorders represent some degree of imbalance occurring in more than just one organ system. If this is your situation, then it becomes imperative to diagnose and treat the imbalance in all of the basic categories of nutrition, stress, lifestyle and external (environmental) factors.
Acupuncture and herbal therapy greatly benefit gynecological imbalances. By addressing the combination of factors that created the imbalance, and its associated symptoms, acupuncture and herbs act to strengthen the weakened organ systems. As these weakened organs regain their balance, the symptoms diminish and normal physiological functioning returns. Reestablishing normal function avoids the hardship of long-term dependence on drugs associated with Traditional Western Medicine.
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