There are basics, principles, fundamentals, some building blocks of how the matter and energy of creation interact and transform. Over the centuries, through wildly different ideas of illness, health and workings of the human body, doctors have applied these principles to the challenges of their day to relieve suffering.
As practitioners, we too are part of this stream. We use the ideas and perceptions of those who came before, and do our best to see how these fundamentals play out in our clinical work.
In this conversation we explore how the basics have been both useful and effective in treating degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration and retinal tears. Our guest takes the fundamentals we all share, and applies them as seems appropriate in his clinical work. The result is a deeper understanding of how “incurable” illnesses can respond to the principles of medicine we all share.
Listen in for a conversation on how to learn from your patients.
I’ve been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 28 years, and love the creativity that our brand of personalised medicine allows. For me each patient is a challenge and working out how to best address their particular problem is fascinating and rewarding.
I’ve had a particular interest in the Rehmannia family of formulas since college. I suspect this is pure projection, as I am a Kidney Yin/Liver Blood Xu/ Liver Qi Stasis type and have always identified strongly with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and Jia Wei Xiao Yao Sanas my kind of formulas. Hence my predilection for Qi Ju Di Huang Jia Wei Wan; and my satisfaction that variations on these themes are applicable to many people’s problems.
If I have a grain of clinical wisdom to impart, it is to remain flexible and adaptable in approaching each patient’s problem: a uniform approach will not work for everyone, and being able to adapt your treatment style to that individual will help them the most.
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