Many of you must have read – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – about this filthy-rich American lawyer in his fifties who had a sudden stroke in court. Later, he sold all his belongings, went to the Himalayas, and came back a new full-of-life young man. This brilliantly-written educational book inspired me to view the western medicine vs. the eastern healing methods.Many of you must have read – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – about this filthy-rich American lawyer in his fifties who had a sudden stroke in court. Later, he sold all his belongings, went to the Himalayas, and came back a new full-of-life young man. This brilliantly-written educational book inspired me to view the western medicine vs. the eastern healing methods.
The West as a new world that took shape only a couple of hundred years ago based on materialistic and scientific background _where Religion is pushed back into a dim part of the memory_ versus the East which dates back thousands of years, and which is deep into spirituality and religions. The first deals with human body as a set of individual parts each with a specific structure, while the later regards it as a balanced whole and a form of energy.
Western Medicine deals with any dysfunction of the body as a disease while Eastern Medicine thinks of it as a case of imbalance.
Ironically, any psychiatrist in the West prescribes drugs for his patients even though psychiatry originated as an attempt to study the immaterial part of human beings!
The Benefits of Eastern Means of Therapy:
- Massage. This technique was found to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation and well being. It also reduces tension, and anxiety, improves blood circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products. (Make sure to use essential oils when administering this therapy.)
- Meditation. Studies found that this therapy lowers oxygen consumption, decreases respiratory rates, increases blood flow, increases exercise tolerance, reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate, and builds self-confidence. Also, it is said that meditation is great for post-operative healing as it increases the activity of natural killer cells which kill the bacteria and cancer cells.
- Yoga. This therapy is said to supersede meditation and contain it as one of its types. It is a part of Indian philosophy, and it has both physiological and psychological benefits. Among these are balancing the nervous system, decreasing blood pressure, improving hand-eye coordination, increasing energy levels, improving sleep, increasing immunity, improving social adjustment, enhancing the memory, and many other benefits that needs a whole volume.
- Acupuncture. This is a Chinese art involving channeling the energy of the body where needed. Research claims that acupuncture improves energy, reduces anxiety and stress, improves alertness, and stabilizes emotions.
The problem of the West is its disregard of anything that cannot be explained through science. Tools, tests & experiments are the pillars of the Western medicine. The East believe that man is made up of two facets; material, and immaterial. Both sides have some sort of relation. And this relation must be admitted and taken into consideration when it comes to treating any disease. With a combination of yoga, acupuncture, herbs and meditation, the Eastern medicine could cure anything from a finger cut to sever cases of cancer! Ain’t it amazing!
No one can deny the importance of scientific developments in the West. Also, neither can claim that science can solve all human problems, let alone the medicinal ones. Can anyone deny the fact that Eastern medicine healed a lot of severe cases which the West failed to cure? Amazingly enough, many Westerners, after being disappointed by Western ways, sought treatment in the East … and found it.
We should take the best part of the two extremes. It’s true we cannot do without science. But, it’s also true that we should not turn our backs on a culture as old as three thousand years.
Top Tips of Eastern and Western Ways:
Commit yourself to it and see the magic in your life.
1- Avoid animal products, non-organic, fast, and junk food (these are among the main risk factors of cancer in the long run).
2- Use only extra-virgin olive oil, and do away with all other sorts of oil, and avoid all sorts of margarine.
3- Adopt (heavily) all sorts of fresh vegetables and fruit.
4- Check the label of anything you buy, as well as its expiration date.
5- Exercise (run, walk, play yoga, meditate, whatever, three times a week at least. The secret is: don’t be hard – or soft – on yourself, just be totally committed and patient until the new exercise becomes second nature to you).
6- Sleep as early as possible and for at least six hours uninterrupted. In addition, try to commit to fixed times of sleep and waking up (Make sure to eat two hours before you go to bed (a warm drink is OK). Keep the room dim and play some soft music, or read a book off to sleep.. just make sure it is neither too exciting nor too frightening).
7- Stay away from stress, and mend your relationships with all people. (This one seems impossible for some people, but really the rewards are worth a try).
8- Fall deeply in love, and express it by all means (an unexpected nice touch, gift or word is all that it takes).
9- Make friends all the time, but pick and choose in whom to confide. Listen more than you talk. Being a good listener will enhance your relationships & keep you away from unfortunate slips of the tongue.