Blending Eastern and Western Medicines

Chinese Medicine

by Support on June 19, 2011

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East Meets West in Healer’s Office

Does how we think affect what happens to us? Does our mind control our health?

The basic difference between Eastern and Western medicine is the concept that our mindset empowers us to control much of our own health, Mary Tobin says. Our Western culture does not easily accept energy, or life force, outside a religious setting, she said. “To talk about an energy force in a medical setting often makes people uncomfortable,” the Brea, Calif.-based acupuncturist said. “But this force exists and we have ultimate control of it.”

Q: Tell us more about this “energy.”

A: Think of dousing (a type of divination used to find groundwater). If I hold a couple of rods and walk toward someone, the energy field can cause them to cross. If I tell people this energy field can help heal them, their minds work to make that happen. Eastern medicine revolves around using that energy system.
Say someone is diagnosed with cancer, for example, and told they have four to six months to live. The person who completely buys into that will die in four to six months. The person who refuses to give up on life has the potential to live longer. There is no guarantee, of course.

Q: You say your acupuncture and anti-aging clinic integrates Eastern and Western medicine?

A: Integration is the key. Eastern medicine looks at the body as a whole — physical, mental and emotional. Western medicine takes a linear approach — looking for a diagnosis and a solution.
Most of my clients are people with long-term health issues. Finding the root cause of the problem is my task, and it is different for every person. It cannot exist outside the person, but got in because of some imbalance. Four different people will have four different reasons for the same health problem.

Q: You have written a book, “Eastern Medicine in a Western World.”
A: You also can check my website,

Q: Talk about Eastern treatment options.

A: We offer herbal, homeopathic and natural approaches. We are talking especially about people with autoimmune problems like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, lupus. Also arthritis — both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Medication often dampens the immune system in general. Acupuncture helps regulate the autoimmune system.

Q: You offer free consultations?

A: Yes. Anybody referred to my office can expect to meet with me individually so that I can find out specifically what is going on. Not everyone is a good fit, and I need know what has worked for this person in the past. I am looking for people who want to resolve issues in their lives. The issues that underlie the health problems. If they just want to have me make them better and do nothing themselves to improve their lives, the treatment is not a success in my mind.
I will give suggestions. If they want to take control of their own health, we will have a perfect fit. If they don’t want to take that control, if they just want symptom relief, it may not be the best fit.

Q: Western medicine doesn’t understand Eastern techniques, you say. How do health insurers view Eastern medicine?

A: Some treatments are covered by health insurance, but a lot of we do is not covered.

Q: You got interested in Eastern medicine after your husband used acupuncture to find relief for a severe back problem.
A: I once ran a plastics manufacturing company — not even remotely in this field — but I realized this is where my passion is because of my husband’s treatment.
I have developed a structure that integrates the two types of medicine and used this successfully for seven years. We use everything from infrared saunas to herbology. At 50, this truly is my calling in life.

Often, when we talk about integrating Eastern and Western medicine, we are just tossing some Eastern techniques into the Western mix. To do it correctly requires integrating philosophies.  Acupuncture is not a point prescription. It is not used to treat a disease but to treat the entire person.

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