How does the popular notion relate to health and medicine?
Herbologists in Asia have experimented with plants as a way to treat the body for more than 5,000 years. And their discoveries have helped people improve their health, beauty and mental acuity.
Many major tenets of western medicine, on the other hand, have only been practiced since the 19th century. Around the time of World War II, much of western medicine was focused on the development of new synthetic drugs.
And therein lies a major difference between eastern and western medicine. According to this infographic from HealthExecNews.com:
Eastern philosophy uses whole-food formulas to nourish the body’s ability to legislate needed actions.
Doctors in the West have relied on a different set of principles.
Western philosophy isolates and forces therapeutic actions to take place in the body by laboratory modifications.
This infographic is packed with all sorts of interesting contrasts and comparisons. Some claim that in the United States alone, there are about 2.5 million unnecessary surgeries every year. And you won’t believe the numbers related to health care spending.
Check out these other interesting details from this “EAST VS WEST MEDICINE” infographic:
In ancient times, the number of acupunture points was established to be the same as the number of days in a year: 365. (today, there is no agreed upon number)
Though introduced to the West in the 1600s, Acupunture didn’t become mainstream in the United States until the 1990s.
Today, there are about 3 million acupunture practitioners around the world.
Almost everybody has heard of the yin and the yang, but did you know that concept applies heavily to eastern medicine?
The Yin symbolizes blood. And the Yang, Qi energy — the energy that sustains all living things.
Applying the theory of the Yin and Yang to western medicine, the Yin is anatomy and the Yang, physiology.
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