No longer am I a firm believer in Western Medicine. While Western Medicine has a lot to offer, and while there are a bunch of physicians (and medical personnel) out there who still care, taking the time to find them is where the problem lies.
Plus, my perspective on Western Medicine is skewed. I have listened to the "stories" of numerous physicians, nurses and FNPs who have "practiced" medicine and I am not impressed. Add to this the fact that I personally got screwed by a hospital, and you can see how my perspective is skewed.
The treatment I have been receiving from Doctor Mark Cheng is far different from anything I have ever received in Western Medicine. Here are just a few examples of HOW different it really is:
It was free of charge. When was the last time your doctor said, "The past three treatments are on the house?"
The doctor took the time to explain to me what he thought the problem was. He also showed me where the problem was on a diagram, and then showed me how he was going to treat it. When was the last time any of you conversed with your doctor for 25-30 minutes (before he began his treatment)?
The excruciating pain in my arm went away after one treatment.
The doctor actually followed up his treatment with three personal phone calls to my home to ask how I was doing. When was the last time your doctor, not the secretary, called you at home and left a message?
No medication of any kind was used or prescribed. All that was prescribed was "Rest, stretching and moist heat."
Could these same things happen in Western Medicine? I don't believe so. I think doctors in our country are too busy worrying about lawsuits and what insurance companies will say to actually accomplish all of the above.
Could Western Medicine help me? I believe it could. However, if Western Medicine were to recomend pills and an operation, I would be hesitant because I understand how our healthcare system works and I understand how the doctor making the recommendation should really excuse himself from such recommendations because he will be reimbursed for his referrals.
Now, if my problem gets worse, I will seek out a physician within my insurance plan and get an MRI. However, since I have been seeing and feeling improvement in my neck, back, shoulder and arm, I am not so sure I will be seeking out another physician.
With all of the options available to people, I think it is in everyone's best interest to seek out professionals from Eastern and Western Medicine. I believe both have something to offer everyone and anyone.
Which one is better? I don't think either is better. I just believe a person needs to try a few things and see if they work for them. If they don't after three or four tries, then it is obviously time for a change.
I tried Western Medicine - and was even a paramedic in the Air Force for eight years. So I understand Western Medicine fairly well. While I believe it has some elements that other methods do not have, I also know that Chinese Medicine has some elements that have helped me tremendously. And since the proof is in the pudding, since Chinese Medicine has helped me this time, I will continue with what has worked thus far. Should my problem worsen, I will have an MRI done to find out what's going on in my neck, back and shoulder.