Witness The Miracle Of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Witness The Miracle Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

While some of it might not appear "normal" to some Westerners, there's lots of reasoning behind it that connects your body with your soul.

Witness The Miracle Of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Irene Yi

In APUSH, we learned about health fads during the 1800s. We learned about the medicine reforms that went with them. We talked about how physicians at the time weren't qualified for the position but did the job (often not well) anyway. Some of the health fads in our textbook included trepanation (cutting open the skull to expose the brain), urine therapy, emetics (induced vomiting to "cleanse" extra stuff from the body), lobotomy, and bloodletting. It's very true that these are dangerous and probably didn't work very well, but it made me think: what do people think of traditional Chinese medical practices?

For example, while "bloodletting" isn't a thing, oriental medical treatments can include poking your finger with a needle to bleed out your fever. That might sound crazy, but traditional Chinese doctors have a reasoning for everything they do. I'm not qualified at all to explain much of this in detail because I don't know everything about it, but I'll give you the gist. Chinese doctors, or "Eastern" medicine, say that everyone has a Yin and a Yang. You can't have too much of either, and there must be a balance between the two, with the Yang (meaning "sun") being prominent during the day and the Yin (meaning "dark") coming out at night. There's "hot" heat and "cold" heat. Too much hot heat can give you a fever, but cold heat entering your body can make you sick as well. A person must have energy to do intense exercise, but they also must be able to sit still peacefully; this is a sign of a healthy body. Herbal Chinese medicine consists of a formula of various grasses, leaves, tree bark, or things of that nature. Some of the herbs are poisonous by themselves, but put together with another ingredient, they can save your life. You get a "recipe" designed for your special case, collect the ingredients (at an herbal Chinese pharmacy), and make the medicine yourself by cooking or boiling until you have a drink that tastes worse than cough syrup.

The doctors I've met that follow the traditional Chinese medical route are all at peace with life. They know their bodies' inner balance, and they can diagnose patients' issues by taking their pulse. It's really quite fascinating. Some of their practices might not appear "acceptable" or "normal" in the eyes of a Westerner, but they work well and without unwanted side effects. About the bloodletting mentioned earlier--before I got familiar with Chinese medicine, I would have never thought of doing something so "crazy." Last summer, my brother had a fever that lasted a month; we tried everything we could but nothing seemed to calm his temperature. Finally, we let the doctors give his finger a poke and bleed out his fever. Immediately, he got better. The reasoning behind this is that your blood carries your hot heat, and bleeding out released all the hot heat cramped up inside your body--which causes a fever.

I've seen miracles happen because of herbal Chinese medicine. Moxibustion is the use of burning a certain grass ("Ay Tsao," or Asiatic wormwood) as medical treatment; you take a stick of the wormwood, burn the end, and hover it over certain areas on your body (like acupoints, or acupuncture points). The heat it gives you will help cure whatever you came in for; the spot on your body to which you apply the wormwood is determined by your issue. Moxibustion has helped my brother, and others like him, build up resistance to his seizures. It can also help muscle soreness, digestive issues, and more. One night, when my brother couldn't breathe because of his phlegm buildup, I thought nothing would work to help him. My mom contacted our doctor and received a new medical formula, which she made right away. My brother was crying in pain, having seizures, and struggling to breathe. As soon as the medicine was cooked, we gave him a small bowl full of it. He immediately calmed down and started breathing. That night, we made four different types of medicine for him, each one with its own role. One helped him breathe, one broke through the phlegm, etc.

While this type of thing might seem weird to many of you, it has helped save my brother time and time again. If that isn't a miracle, I don't know what is.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments