The Hidden Aspect

The problem with modern medicine is not that it’s not effective, but that in many cases it is too focused and the effect is too strong. The joke goes “surgery was successful but the patient died.” In pursuit of powerful effects, modern medicine often disregards the body’s own natural strengths and limits. Strong treatments are great when the problem is acute like an injury or a physical defect, but become dangerous when the problem is chronic or is part of the process of aging.

The idea in East Asian medicine is to assist the body’s innate capacity for balance and health. This is why there are few side effects or problems associated with acupuncture and Shiatsu for example. Since treatments are oriented toward the whole body rather than on a specific problem or symptom (regardless of what patients may expect) the impact is often gentle but more lasting. This is a ecological approach to intervention in a biological system.

The fact is, no matter how exhaustive the examination, we can find out only some of the factors affecting our overall health. So many factors go unnoticed by everyone involved including the patient. This is why I am rarely surprised when sometimes, after a treatment a client tells me a problem they never told me about has improved. In our treatments, we willingly include the unexplained and the unkown. One doesn’t have to see or understand everything in order to have a positive interaction – just a willingness to acknowledge and include the hidden aspect.

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