A Toothache is Not an Illness

[PureInsight.org] One day while visiting a barber shop, I noticed that the barber constantly stopped his work to press his hand against his cheek. When I asked him what was wrong, he said with a sour expression, “Toothache. I’ve been suffering from a toothache. I took a few pain-killers, but it didn’t help.” He pressed his cheek again and looked like he was suffering from a lot of pain.

It is said that a toothache is not an illness, but it can cause an enormous amount of pain.

I sympathized with him and offered to help him. Knowing acupuncture, I pressed a few points on his arm. It only took me a couple of minutes. Then I asked him, “How do you feel now?” He pressed his sore tooth and then smiled. “No pain. No pain at all,” he said. He expressed his thanks to me again and again.

In my opinion, Western medicine can stop some pain but it is unable to alleviate all types of pain. Because there are a multitude of situations, and each leads to a different type of pain, common pain-killers are not always effective.

Comparatively, Chinese medicine uses a specific, tailored approach to cure each individual’s pain. Chinese medicine applies medicine according to indications based on the principles of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements. This is the reason why by pressing slightly on certain points, I was able to cure the barber’s toothache.

I think that the scientific nature of Western medicine is very puzzling. I used to think that Chinese medicine was unscientific. However, later in life, my view changed after seeing the amazing effects of certain folk medicine treatments. Since then, I’ve devoted myself to the study of Chinese medicine.

If Western medicine wants to fully understand Chinese medicine, it must put aside the scientific views that guide Western medicine and acknowledge the thinking behind Chinese medicine.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/10/24/55542.html