You will find in this section hot
information on Nostalgic Medicine which we feel
national importance to all folks.
demonstrates why there is skepticism in some circles
and why some find benefit in care.
There are basic fundamental properties of
our Universe, which mold reality. Light, gravitational forces, oxygen,
nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon and complex nutrients, brought together
create life. We do not readily or inherently know everything. Emile
Zola noted “If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will
but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it
bursts through, it will blow up everything in its way.” Thus
people who truly study science (the real world) share a common reality”.
develop, they guard their way of life and in my view,
traditional Oriental Medicine is
no exception. Origins of Chinese medicine can be traced back to second
millennium BC Shamanic traditions. Thus, the
first primary health care givers in the Orient were the shamans.
Traditional Oriental Medicine was based on natural observations and
evolved in conjunction with their religious philosophies.
In the early Orient
everything had a harmonious reciprocal relationship with everything
else. This explains why Qi is linked to the universal force.
Concepts of Yin and Yang in Traditional Oriental Medicine are the same
as the concepts in Taoism. This gives rise to two issues; that of
circular logic as opposed to the linear and Aristotelian logic.
Aristotelian logic has
brought us Modern Technology and Science.
Yet complete devotion to circular logic renders a blindness to
twenty-first century reality with refusal to drop unnecessary outdated
concepts and methodologies inherent with the ever
development and practice of Herbology and acupuncture. The only
way to bring Acupuncture Therapy into modern medicine would be to first
teach the original limited system with subsequent modern medical
training. Remember it is the limited original circular logic
or Acupuncture Therapy, which has held captive the minds, creativity,
adaptability, growth, progress, lack of maturation, and the absence of
the real doctor within Oriental Medicine or the "total
care Oriental Medical Physician".
science finds all the questions and subsequent answers, we will fully
understand the medical prowess of acupuncture and Herbology. In all of
mankind’s experiential existence as our earth race progressed,
philosophy predated scientific methodology. Medicine itself began with
humble healers looking for reasons people suffered and how to alleviate
mankind’s suffering. Five thousand years of documenting treatments,
which aid mankind. Many mistakes were made if one looks back and
criticizes with the today’s ever correcting knowledge. Of course
hindsight is 20/20. The purpose of this
contribution to our society is not to offer all the
answers known relative to the safe, effective, and interphysician
reliability, or reliable reproducible effects of acupuncture or Oriental
Herbology. It is to present Traditional Oriental Medicine as it is
practiced today as a nostalgic medicine, and
at the end of the day, present the first
textbook sound scientifically reproducible methods of utilizing
Acupuncture for pain and disorder control.
this author wrote
(in the 1980 edition the quotes in
blue are rekindled) in the official publication for
the Chiropractic Profession, the Journal of the American Chiropractic
“of course the future may bring new language, but we as
professionals, must change, accept new corrections, and bend as the
wisdom of science bends in the currents of new knowledge.” Truth will be attained through the acceptance of
the multi-disciplinary approach to team work (science) medicine. “Health
care is a team effort and cannot remain divided”Neff.
It would be a
disservice to caregiver’s in Oriental Medicine to not review their
beautiful nostalgic medicine method of pain
control. Nostalgic Medicine is the
mainstay of care for three fourths of the world today. Traditional Oriental Medicine as it is
practiced and licensed today relative to diagnosis, has
made efforts and continues to improve it's “scientific
consistency” with western differential diagnosis. However these
consistencies were illusive to the literature until this
series of publications. The methods used
to determine the treatments and findings are based on trial
and error experimentation conducted behind the great
confines of Asia which have indeed yielded
some reproducible treatments with
pain control on millions of people.
For the past five thousand years, each new generation of Oriental
caregivers evolved, they made additional refinements to Oriental Medicine with
improved combinations of acupuncture and Herbal
medicine based on successful patient outcome, repeat trials and
anticipated results reproduced.
I opine, that
realized that not everyone was of the same
intellectual levels nor could everyone remember complicated medical
concepts nor even understand the how, where, when, and so forth as readily as
one an other. Thus they developed
the "basic element concepts" of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water in this
order to remember the "Yin aspects of a given medical problem".
If the order were metal, water, wood, fire and
earth these would be the Yang aspects of healing.
and Yang being one. If you use a wood point you would tonify the
acupuncture point designated by fire or heat, fever, anxiety and so
forth. In other words, it is my belief that as I call the
were a few brilliant people, who realized that by strong stimulation of
certain points by pointed sharpened rocks could relieve
They realized that to continue their discoveries, they would have to
teach others who had not the intellect to understand the discovery.
For example, they could not explain fever to others. But they
could associate it with fire. Students absent the genius could
understand fire. They could understand that to bring down or put
out a fire one could throw earth or dirt on the fire. This was
likened to treating the acupuncture earth point.
The ancients could
teach students that to kindle the fire or bring up body temperature
to normal, one could place wood in the fire. Thus treat the wood
point to warm the cold limbs or torso when indicated
by the full system in play.
This author has
acupuncture interwoven with beliefs of Taoist religion
to fill in the gaps
which the ancients oriental medical minds
tried to pass on for the restoration and
maintenance of health, but could not explain
concepts which would seem routine to the well equipped medical forensic
scientific investigator of today. And
this is the cause of skepticism found in scientists today.
Thus, absent an
understanding of how Oriental Medicine is practiced today, you will miss
clinical observations about key human body disharmonies, which were
obtained through five thousand years of clinical trials on human beings
occurring within the confines of the continent of Asia.
ESSENCE OF LIFE & PROMULGATION OF HUMAN BEINGS
Medicine there are many ethereal concepts likened to the Life force of
the universe (or G-d). This life force or Essence of life continues to
promulgate the life form until death. In reality Qi is likened to
sources of life and energy. Although this cannot be measured,
attenuated, generated, reproduced nor exist in its strict meanings, it
has value to the ancients and their students as utility to discern
proper care for needling or Herbology.
This editor tried to formalize these
concepts as presented in a concise form for the study of
changing modern" harmonious Oriental Medicine
when I studied the subject and published these works for my Acupuncture
University Alma Mater.
Good Luck and God
Bless.-Dr. Scott Neff, DC MSOM