We integrate the past with the present in innovative and radically effective ways.
At Chiyu Center, we have a secret that we wish the whole world knew: All medicines have validity and purpose. Ancient medicines have power. So do our modern medicines. There is strength and data in scientific research. There is value and information in the natural ways of knowing. When you combine the two approaches, a remarkable, fuller, and more comprehensive understanding emerges.
Ancient Wisdom: The sages who developed ancient medicines did not learn from cadavers and microscopes. They learned from Nature. In their observations, they saw humanity as an reflection of nature. They saw each individual as a complete system within a larger system, as a part of nature, not something separate from it. Through the study of nature, they were able to determine elegant and non-invasive ways to analyze health and disease, such as pulse-reading. They discovered how to use the plants and tools available to them to heal injuries and restore health from sickness.
Modern Research: With the advent of microscopes, antibiotics, clinical research, plastic, and technology, an entirely new field of medicine emerged. People began to put more faith in laboratory-engineered substances than in the natural world around them. Much was gained. But much was also lost. It is only now that we are recognizing the need to re-integrate the wisdom of ancient therapies. But this time, we aren’t throwing the baby out with the bathwater: we won’t abandon, ostracize, or vilify pharmaceuticals and surgery.
Integrative medicine is about recognizing that all medicines fit into a “Whole Medicine” picture. Each medicine is important because each approaches the patient from a different perspective and has different insights into a patient’s health. Every medicine has a time, place, and appropriate patient presentation.
Because the aspects of ourselves are inter-connected, if you limit yourself to one medicine, you might not be treating aspects of yourself that need attention. Incorporating additional medicines can help you reach your highest health.
Why “Whole People” need Integrative Medicine:
A “whole person” is someone who is in touch with the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic aspects of who they are. There is no part of themselves that they deny, and they completely accept all of who they are, because each part of them contributes something vital to the whole. For example, the intellectual part of them helps them to gather knowledge, understand it, and discern among courses of action. The emotional part of them keeps them safe in dangerous situations, inspires them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others, allows them to understand loss, and simply makes them feel happy or good. The spiritual part of them is their sense of connection to other humans, to animals and other life, to the planet, and to the heavens, provides an internal compass or conscience, and lifts the illusion of futility, despair, and isolation. The energetic part is the subtle feeling or aura that people feel in the presence of a particular person, provides the framework for the connections between the physical body with the other aspects of self, and is a person’s strength of life force or vitality. The physical part? Well, that part is just downright and undeniably necessary to be a living, breathing, human being on earth. All of it is good. All of it is vital. A “whole person” is an integrated person. All aspects of who they are are open and flowing, working together to serve the person.
Integrative Medicine is a TRULY “Whole” Medicine.
Integrative medicine does not deny any aspect of a person, and it does not deny an aspect of world medicine. Integrative medicine is a truly “whole medicine” because it embraces all different traditions of medicine. In integrative medicine, social and environmental health influencers are just as important as the microscopic ones, and herbal therapies share an equally important place in the pharmacy as pharmaceutical drugs.
We’re in good company: Integrative Medicine is catching on!
What do the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of California-San Francisco have in common? Well, they are some of the most elite hospitals in the United States. And: They all offer Integrative Medicine. Every year, more hospitals embrace integrative medicine. At some of these hospitals, they have entire departments and full-time staff dedicated to providing services like Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. All across the nation, patients are gaining access to ancient and natural therapies in unprecedented numbers.
Why are so many world-renown hospitals offering integrative therapies?
- There is research that supports use of these medicines. Some research is more convincing than others, and there are reasons for that, which we can examine in another article. But, the bottom line is: supporting research does exist.
- There are thousands of years of case studies recording success with integrative therapies. And we are not just talking about ancient testimony. Right now, patients are receiving treatment in clinics worldwide (just like Chiyu Center) and are walking away leaving their symptoms and ailments behind.
- When you think about it, it just makes sense. It is not right to withhold effective treatments from patients simply because science has not figured out how they work.
At Chiyu Center, we understand our place in the larger whole, and we are proud to on the forefront of integrative medicine. In every consultation and appointment, we bring together modern research and ancient wisdom in unparalleled ways. We love what we do, and we can’t wait to share with you the infinite possibility, power, and potential of Integrative Medicine!