Check out the differences between Western and Eastern Medicine practices.
If you were to visit three different doctors you would probably hear three different things. Different theories, different treatment methods, even different diagnoses! Your healthcare can sometimes be a confusing mountain to tackle, but it doesn’t have to be.
Understanding your options, including the many different approaches to medical care, can go a long way.
One of the major controversies in the medicine today is the stark difference between Eastern and Western medicine. Should you have a pharmacist or an herbalist? Should your doctor’s office have tongue depressors or acupuncture needles? Do you really have to choose just one or the other?
Dr. Nicole Williams with the Gynecology Institute of Chicago tells us which approach is best: both!
How do I get started?
Dr. Williams suggests doing your own research into both methods and discussing all of your options with a trusted medical provider.
What training do the doctors complete?
Allopathic physicians, or Western-trained doctors, have completed four years of undergraduate and four years of medical school. Then, they typically complete anywhere from three to seven years of residency.
Practitioners of Eastern Medicine can be anyone from an acupuncturist to a physical trainer. Each requires different types and levels of training. If you’re deciding whether to see a Western-trained doctor, an Eastern practitioner or even a physician who integrates both, the important thing is that you are communicating all issues and questions to your healthcare provider. Dr. Williams advises including any and all practitioners in your healthcare decisions to ensure you get the beneficial, well-rounded care that you deserve.