West and east medicine


In Western medicine there are two wings of knowledge which are Anatomy and Human Physiology – that form the cornerstones in understanding of the human body. According to Western interpretation, human body contains a number of structural levels, such as: chemical (substances and reactions), cells, tissues, organs themselves and systems of the body. In simplified terms, these levels are presented as "bricks" or "building blocks" of which the body is created.  This model, to a greater or lesser extent, is based on the approach of Western medicine to human being in general and to the concept of health and illness and to the principles of fighting the disease.
On the other hand, Eastern medicine teaches a holistic approach in which a Human being is considered as a single integrated system, closely connected with the surrounding world. Ci (vital energy) is distributed in the body by a complex network of meridians, providing the life force to all cells of the body. Health of individual organs depends on the condition of the organism as a whole. Violation of health care is defined as the result of an imbalance of Ci or destruction of the particular human being body. Sensitive spots used in Eastern medicine to control flow of Ci are known as acupuncture spots. There is a possibility to physically affect the flow of energy at these spots – with the injection of needles, pressure from the fingertips, temperature, etc.
The East Asian concept of Yin and Yang argues that all the changes  are occurring in the world because of ongoing interaction between the two universal primary states of being. These two concepts represent two great forces operating  in the universe, they exist in all things and phenomena and are in a constant state of tension and balance. One defines the other and each other contains an embryo of the opposite category. In the traditional Eastern medicine balance of Yin-Yang creates the base for diagnosis and treatment.
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