Hello there! Melissa Timberman here. I’m working on a great project and if you’re here, I think you’ll like it.
I’ve been working in alternative medicine for over twelve years. A lot of people ask me, so what’s acupuncture about? What is Chinese Medicine? Does it work? Cuz I read online that it’s a bunch of horsesh**.
Okay, maybe not always in those words. (But sometimes…)
But the point remains! The Internet is a wonderful thing. It brings us the most amazing memes, and the absolute most adorable videos of kids, puppies, bunnies, soldiers returning home to their families… I always cry at those; always. But there’s also an awful lot of bad information about any number of topics. And when we’re talking about Chinese Medicine, even when the information is accurate, it can be hard to understand. Or to take seriously! When a Chinese Medicine practitioner diagnoses someone with “Wind Strike” or “stagnation of liver qi”, those terms are so alien that they can seem really funny. And maybe made-up.
Consider this, though; when Chinese Medicine was first trying to figure out what is wrong with people and why it goes wrong, they didn’t have any modern medical tools to work with. They didn’t have microscopes or X-rays or lab tests; they had intuition, observations, and a connection to nature.
It’s really interesting how the ancient Chinese were heavily influenced by nature in developing Chinese Medicine. They correlated their observations with the symptoms they saw in patients. For example, the Cold Wind that is produced in the winter months causes cold symptoms- fever, headaches, body aches, runny nose, and cough. That makes perfect sense when it’s explained, doesn’t it? People get more colds in the winter than in the summer. It just sounds extremely odd when you hear someone ascribing cold symptoms to a force of nature, instead of to the germs that we know cause colds today.
Not all correlations between Chinese Medicine and Western science are as easy to understand as that example. But there are solid correlations between the two. In fact, current research shows more connections between Chinese Medicine and Western science than ever. And that brings me to my Very Exciting Project.
East Meets West: Bridging the Gap Between the Wisdom of the Ancients and How Science Says Your Body Works
I am currently writing a book titled East Meets West. It’s all about explaining Chinese Medicine in a way that makes sense; simple words to explain simple concepts, and it’s all stuff that you can relate to.
It starts by talking about the history of Chinese Medicine, along with the basic principles of Chinese Medicine. Then we talk about the history of Western science and Western medicine, so you can compare and contrast. Then we go over why East and West don’t traditionally play well together; there’s some pretty good reasons, but nowadays we don’t have to stick to the old antagonistic face-offs of our forebears. Right after that we go over what current research actually says about Chinese Medicine.
And then, we end with the real kicker- how you can use all this new knowledge to make better health care decisions for you and your family.
Now, the best part is that since the book is still being written, you can have some input! What questions do you have? What are you interested in? What would you like to read? Some of the questions we’ll be answering might jog your curiosity:
- What is Chinese Medicine? It seems pretty woo-woo, but there’s a lot of people talking about it… are they all dumb for believing in it?
- Why do you capitalize Chinese Medicine but not Western medicine?
- What is qi? Seriously, if you say “qi is your life force”, and that “life force is qi”, I swear to God I’m going to turn this car around and go home.
- Does acupuncture hurt?
- Why do Chinese herbs taste so bad?
- And more!
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