is this medicine’s purpose?
things: to obtain a correct diagnosis and an effective treatment.
diagnosis has two basic objectives: energy
research and the exploration of organs and functions.
In no way does it exclude the use of customary western internal medicine
research methods: lab tests, rays, ultrasound, etc.
But, beyond the information that these data provide, one tries
understand the personality of the energy structure that lodges them.
And this is only possible when advances are made in understanding the
living system, or so-called "patient”, by another living system better
known as "the doctor".
traditional medicine’s acupuncture has been chosen as an energy study guide.
In this sense, not only does the average amount of energy that a person
has matter, but, also, the characteristics of its
Both data are determining as to the reason why certain symptoms and
We will see that energy
research aims to gather the global characteristics of the person under scrutiny
and, therefore, his functioning as a system.
The study of “ parts" (organs) is relevant in terms of the whole
is one of the reasons why the diagnostic process lasts two sessions, and it is
only modified when some urgent circumstance (acute pain, etc) calls for
immediate treatment. But, whenever
possible, it is better to do the complete diagnosis, since the large amount and
quality of information opens up the possibility for a
much deeper treatment than
the mere persecution of symptoms.
here, we are forced to point out an ugly truth: almost all acupuncture practiced
in our culture is of symptomatic characteristics.
Only the visible signs of disease are attacked confirming the original
diagnosis (ulcer, asthma, arthritis, etc.) and using techniques and point
combinations that the tradition of acupuncture has found effective throughout
its thirty centuries of history. In no way is it incorrect to use them, but,
is wrong (and even bordering on dishonesty) to reduce acupuncture to this single
aspect, cheating the patient and medicine out of the possibility of acceding to
a systemic diagnosis and treatment.
this way, acupuncture does not pose an important contribution to standard
medical culture. It’s still done
with the same mechanisms as modern medicine and the acupuncture points are used
as if they were magical buttons that manage to lower the volume of pain and
other annoyances. For the patients of these acupuncturists (whether they are or
not doctors is another matter) the acupuncture needle is nothing more than a
stainless steel aspirin. Thus, the only advantage is that these patients become
less intoxicated than with the oral pellets (analgesic) and the bazucazos
biological organs and systems are also researched, but, only with an
unconventional methodology: through the acupuncture points
to which they are
approaches, the study of energy and organ and system yield, give a reasonably
complete idea as to the structural and functional characteristics of the patient
(the person with the patience necessary to wait for the study result). The
joining of both approaches leads to the formulation of two types of diagnoses:
one, of the state (energy), and another of the organs
structures and functions).
From this blend, a focused therapeutic plan can be designed to improve the energy level and working of the organs.
medicine the natural process of most diseases goes in three successive steps:
first, there is an energy imbalance. If it consolidates, it will give rise to a
functional disorder, which, in the long run, will evolve into an either
reversible or irreversible change in the anatomy.
reason for undertaking this study will now be understood: the prime objective of
the treatment is to draw the patient closer to the best possible condition within his own developmental capacity. And this implies being able to
alter the factor that tends to sicken him more and more.
Symptoms play a secondary role: they are valuable as clues, indicators,
and signals. But, they do not make up the disease. One treats them directly when
they are very limiting or annoying, but rarely does one wait for their
disappearance if there’s a real improvement in the bio-system.
other hand, when a treatment works, others follow up the symptoms that
originated the complaint, which are worse than the previous ones. It is peculiar
to see how the prestigious
homeopathy Hering Law is carried out almost to a tee: diseases are cured from the present to the
past, from above
to below, and from the depth to the
It is as
if the "sickening cause" struggled "to come out", and
retracted to level less damaging to the patient’s life and functioning, as if
the person was peeling himself like an onion, but, without the tears. On the
other hand, as this process is developing, (and the person dis-envelopes
himself) past symptoms usually do not reappear with the same virulence and
will help us comprehend that it is difficult to establish strict schedules for
the needs of each person, since time’s original meaning is “ the actor’s
this is a treatment respectful of nature and its times, so, if the treatment is
successful, it will be possible to expect positive responses and subsequently
diminished relapses. But, they
don’t (or shouldn’t) discourage us when they appear, unless one is not
seeking a medical treatment, but, magic of the worst kind.
seem elementary, but, it is necessary to state: the objective of this treatment
is to increase the vitality of a person (his luminous side)
helping it cure
itself (its dark side) and letting it emerge to wherever life is possible:
happiness. Energy self-regulation
is a concept very close to that of reaching a level of freedom.
of making energy flow with the fewest possible obstacles is a sensible ideal
that Chinese medicine contributes to humankind and that should not be rejected. It infers asking oneself the amount and quality of energy
received or incorporated daily (from foods, the air and our affections, to the
environment, etc.), how it’s transformed and distributed (metabolism,
neuro-endocrine axis, circulation) and, finally, how it’s expressed emitted, (movements, gestures, words, acts of love or hatred,
depositions, creation or repetition, construction or destruction).
as the treatment goes, it is important to know that the key personality is the
patient (without demagoguery), the second is the doctor, and also, there are
many other players partly ignored.
believes that one’s role consists of going to the doctor's office to passively
expose one’s body, it is best to abstain from this venture altogether.
In a sense, this is an adventure to the interior of the being, to the
intimacy of the functions, to the primary sensations and
emotions. Someday it
will be done simultaneously with an associated eye on psychotherapy, since the
objective is to integrate organs, functions, emotions, and personal history.
challenge for the patient remains: if one is able to breach the disease or to
lessen it, then it will be necessary to find a beautiful and useful thing on
which to place the gained energy.
Chapter 4: Diagnostic Procedures