Researching Attitudes Toward TCM

Brenda Le, R.Ac

Episode Qi170

Research when done well is an inquiry that can shift the foundation of your cognitive model. And that’s exactly what it is for. 
In this conversation with Brenda Le we both explore how TCM is seen in our Western Chinese medicine world, and how doing this research opened her up to aspects of medicine and practice that she did not previously see. 
Listen in to this conversation on inquiry, exploration and discovery.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • What drew Brenda to doing this research
  • The purpose that research serves
  • That is TCM?
  • How this research changed Brenda’s perspective
  • First look at the person, then attend to the illness (先看人,後看病)
  • Unruly medicine
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The Guest of This Show
Brenda Le

Sometimes, the best medicine can be a simple, home-cooked meal. A quiet moment in nature. Or a laugh shared with loved ones. 
I believe wellness - and illness - are often related to dietary and lifestyle factors. As a dietitian and Chinese medicine practitioner, my goal is to help patients not only restore their health, but also maintain their health over time. Although I am very, very far from being a "superior physician" (上醫 shàng yī), I am inspired by the philosophy of treating disease before it arises (治未病 zhì wèi bìng). 
I am learning that our medicine can be full of surprises. I started out thinking that Chinese medicine needed validation from scientific research – only to realize that this complex, dynamic system does not conform to linear or reductionist modes of reasoning. Now, I am exploring how to practice dietetics in a way that respects and celebrates the Chinese medicine worldview.
Links and Resources

Read Brenda's research paper both for inspiration and to get a nuanced view of TCM.
And see what she's up to over on her website.

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Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.