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I would like to address Mr. Sphinxs' very rude slam of Dr. Gagliardi, where he refers to her as a "person pretending to be a doctor", and worse.
The medical school that Dr. Gagliardi attended is Bastyr University, in Seattle WA. I know for a fact that this is a "real" medical school, and that the students there receive the SAME kind of medical education any medical student does elsewhere, in terms of Western Sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, etc., and have to take and pass the VERY SAME state and national boards that biomedical students do in order to be called a "doctor". Where the different educations divide is HOW one thinks about the maintenance of health, and the actual treatment of disease -- for example, where MD's might simply prescribe an antidepressant for a patient complaining of "depression", an ND might take a good look at the patients lifestyle, etc., and suggest changes in diet (which we know affects health and emotional state), exercise (ditto), and perhaps other lifestyle recommendations. Many MD's are now practicing this way as well, but a Naturopathic doctor has tremendously more education than an MD in things like nutrition. Pharmaceutical drugs, for all their positive attributes, also kill at least 250,000 people a year in the U.S. alone, and everyone knows that there are a lot of un-necessary surgeries performed each year as well, for conditions that could have been treated in safer ways.
Bastyr University is a very respected medical school, and they have received many grants from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) to do research. You can look on their website for more information regarding this if you are interested. However, by the tone and tenor of your posting, i would wager a guess that you are not.Sep 7, 2012
Thank you for this article! Regarding qi-stagnation, which seems to be very common in our culture, i would like to add that the cause does not have to be "unresolved situations that are causing repressed anger and stress."
We live in an extraordinarily materialistic culture that requires engaging our will (what we want, what we don't want) with a lot of mental, emotional, and physical energy to pursue our various desires, and this kind of daily activity can create a lot of internal frustration when Life doesn't work out the way we want it to. This kind of inner frustration from life not working out the way we want it to, is, i feel, more of a cause of qi- constraint than "repressed anger and stress" -- although, you could say that the issue i mention creates "stress", which it does!
So, acupuncture and herbal formulas which treat qi-stagnation can be helpful in moving the stagnation and helping someone feel better physically and emotionally, but if the underlying CAUSE of the condition is not addressed, then their symptoms will return. I find that talking with my patients about their orientation to Life is very important. Chinese medicine does rest upon a philosophy that is very different from the striving for the American Dream; constant wanting; and getting what you want when you want it, or being where you want to be in Life by climbing over other people (competition and competitive individualism) -- these things and more create stress that contributes very significantly to disease.
Just my two-cents worth as a practitioner.Sep 7, 2012